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Sanders: 2020 Run Not 'Off the Table'

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By    |   Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 12:37 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., declined to end speculation about another run for president, saying Thursday that a bid in 2020 isn't "off the table."

The former Democratic candidate for president addressed the possibility during an interview on SiriusXM's "Make it Plain with Mark Thompson" set to air Thursday.

According to CBS News, host Mark Thompson asked the senator, "Are you leaving 2020 on the table or are you taking it off the table?"

Sanders answered, "No, I'm not taking it off the table, I just have not made any decisions," adding that "I just have not made any decisions. And I think it's much too early."

The senator then pivoted to slam President Donald Trump over his policies, and healthcare in particular, before saying, "It's just too early to be talking about an election three-and-a-half years from now."

Recently, Vox columnist Matt Yglesias wrote that Sanders, the runner-up for the Democratic nomination in the past election, is the current front-runner for 2020.

"He's doing exactly what a candidate who fell short needs to do to run a second time," Yglesias wrote on July 5. "He's established a national political organization, he's improved his ties with colleagues on Capitol Hill, he's maintained a heavy presence in national media, and he's traveling the country talking about issues."

FiveThirtyEight discussed the article, and Sanders' chances, in a roundtable released Thursday. Senior political writer Clare Malone said the senator is "not necessarily" the leading candidate, noting that Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been "garnering similar enthusiasm from a similar base."

Senior political writer Harry Enten was more optimistic, saying "I think he can win the nomination, but 'front-runner' suggests to me an appreciably better chance than any other candidate, as well as having greater than, say, a 15 percent chance at the nomination."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., declined to end speculation about another run for president, saying Thursday that a bid in 2020 isn't "off the table."
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