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Politico: Bernie Sanders Laying Groundwork for Possible 2020 Run

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By    |   Monday, 27 November 2017 11:11 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is looking to use the political power he gained in the 2016 election to address some political shortcomings, as a run for the presidency in 2020 could be possible, according to Politico.

Sanders is working more closely with the labor movement and is taking steps to ramp up his foreign policy credentials, as well as helping Democrats take on the Trump administration, the website is reporting. 

The independent senator has been working with party establishment figures such as Randi Weingarten, the American Federation of Teachers president, as well as meeting with veteran policymakers to discuss foreign developments, Politico reported.

While Sanders has not announced if he will run for president in 2020, he is working as an "outreach chairman" for Senate Democrats, a position that Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., created for him.

"He is now in a very different position than he's ever been in before… so when people say he's doing a better job of reaching out? Well, yeah, he's doing his job. This is a new phase of his career," said Ari Rabin-Havt, a Sanders senior adviser, who told Politico that his moves are not part of preparations for a 2020 run.

Sanders' aides are pushing him into national conversations that he has not addressed before, with a Facebook Live show and a podcast that are mostly designed to increase his audience, Politico reported.

However, the senator does not want to appear to be a political insider.

"Does he do as much politics as we'd like him to? No, but now he's actually playing the game. Before, he'd say he was going to play by his own rules," a Sanders adviser said in the report.

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said that Democrats would need Sanders' supporters.

"Anything that makes Bernie more effective at reaching that movement, and continuing to build a powerful progressive base of engaged Americans is good for the Democratic Party," Ellison said, according to Politico.

"If we don't reform the Democratic Party and we don't bring energy to the party and if we don't have grassroots support in the party, I worry about the future," Sanders told WNYC's "Takeaway" program. 

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is looking to use the political power he gained in the 2016 election to address some political shortcomings, as a run for the presidency in 2020 could be possible, according to Politico.
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