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    Sanders eyes ‘bigger’ 2020 bid despite some warning signs

    Sanders eyes ‘bigger’ 2020 bid despite some warning signs

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    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse.

    A final decision has not been made, but those closest to the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist suggest that neither age nor interest from a glut of progressive presidential prospects would dissuade him from undertaking a second shot at the presidency. And as Sanders’ brain trust gathered for a retreat in Vermont over the weekend, some spoke openly about a 2020 White House bid as if it was almost a foregone conclusion.

    “This time, he starts off as a front-runner, or one of the front-runners,” Sanders’ 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver told The Associated Press, highlighting the senator’s proven ability to generate massive fundraising through small-dollar donations and his ready-made network of staff and volunteers.

    Weaver added: “It’ll be a much bigger campaign if he runs again, in terms of the size of the operation.”

    Amid the enthusiasm — and there was plenty in Burlington as the Sanders Institute convened his celebrity supporters, former campaign staff and progressive policy leaders — there were also signs of cracks in Sanders’ political base. His loyalists are sizing up a prospective 2020 Democratic field likely to feature a collection of ambitious liberal leaders — and not the establishment-minded Hillary Clinton.

    Instead, a new generation of outspoken Democrats such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and California Sen. Kamala Harris are expected to seek the Democratic nomination. All three have embraced Sanders’ call for “Medicare for All” and a $15 minimum wage, among other policy priorities he helped bring into the Democratic mainstream in the Trump era.

    Acknowledging the stark differences between the 2016 and 2020 fields, Hollywood star Danny Glover, who campaigned alongside Sanders in 2016, would not commit to a second Sanders’ candidacy when asked this weekend.

    “I don’t know what 2020 looks like right now,” Glover said before taking a front-row seat for Sanders’ opening remarks. “I’m going to support who I feel to be the most progressive choice.”

    One of Sanders’ chief supporters from neighboring New Hampshire, former state senate majority leader Burt Cohen, acknowledged that some people worry Sanders is too old for a second run, although that’s not a major concern of his. Like Glover, he’s not sure if he’ll join Sanders a second time.

    “There are other people picking up the flag and holding it high, and you know, it could be Bernie, but I think there are other people as well,” said Cohen, who did not attend the Vermont summit. “It’s not ‘Bernie or bust.’ That’s certainly not the case.”

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    I do think Sanders would have done better against Trump than Clinton would have, but of course that's impossible to know for sure.

    I think his age would be a turn-off to a lot of people. He was pushing it a bit in the last election, but 4 years exacerbates the problem. The oldest a President has been while in office was Ronald Reagan, who was almost 78 years old when he left office after two terms. Bernie Sanders, if elected, would be older than that at the start of his first term. His pick for vice president would probably be more important for his election chances than anything about himself.

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    Think the Democrats will let him win the primary this time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terraceth View Post
    I do think Sanders would have done better against Trump than Clinton would have, but of course that's impossible to know for sure.

    I think his age would be a turn-off to a lot of people. He was pushing it a bit in the last election, but 4 years exacerbates the problem. The oldest a President has been while in office was Ronald Reagan, who was almost 78 years old when he left office after two terms. Bernie Sanders, if elected, would be older than that at the start of his first term. His pick for vice president would probably be more important for his election chances than anything about himself.
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    But what about Oprah?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    But what about Oprah?
    Obama, Oprah, Ocasio-Cortez, Beto.... I'm seeing a pattern here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terraceth View Post
    I do think Sanders would have done better against Trump than Clinton would have, but of course that's impossible to know for sure.
    I might well have voted for Sanders over Trump. I think Sanders would have better energized the Democrat base, and didn't have HRC's/Trump's high negative ratings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    I might well have voted for Sanders over Trump. I think Sanders would have better energized the Democrat base, and didn't have HRC's/Trump's high negative ratings.
    Crazy Bernie's painfully naive grasp of economic policy would have been a disaster for the country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Man View Post
    Crazy Bernie's painfully naive grasp of economic policy would have been a disaster for the country.
    With GOP in control of both chambers of Congress, his economic impact would have been limited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    With GOP in control of both chambers of Congress, his economic impact would have been limited.
    But had he actually won the election, it's likely he would have had coattails that changed that dynamic, as well, no?

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