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Bernie Sanders is Running for President – Here’s Why

The Vermont senator is securing superdelegates, while other 2020 Democrats fight to lead the "Never Trump" movement.

By NTK Staff | 04.10.2017 @10:57am
Bernie Sanders is Running for President – Here’s Why

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been relatively quiet in comparison to other possible candidates running for president in 2020, but there is evidence to support the idea that Sanders, 75, will make another presidential run in 2020.

Take for example a recent string of campaign endorsements that Sanders has made. He’s backed Rob Quist‘s congressional campaign in Montana, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello, and Georgia’s Sixth congressional candidate Jon Ossoff.

While these endorsements seem largely innocuous, if these men are elected, they will become Democratic superdelegates, and in what could be a crowded Democratic primary, securing their early support could make the difference late in 2020.

In 2016, Sanders was at a distinct disadvantage when it came to securing the support of party insiders as many superdelegates announced their support for Secretary Hillary Clinton early on.

Then there is the matter of Sanders’ campaign email list, which still hasn’t been turned over to the Democratic National Committee. If Sanders does hand over his email list to the party, it will be accessible by all those running for president in 2020, giving away one of his biggest advantages to possible primary opponents.

Even though Sanders loyalist Keith Ellison (D-MN) lost his bid to become DNC Chair, he is well positioned within the organization to make sure the Committee plays fair in 2020, something that they did not do in 2016.

So while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) have been publicly fighting it out for control of the Democratic “Never Trump” movement, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has been fighting back against accusations of impropriety, a la Chris Christe in 2013, Sanders has methodically and quietly approached a possible run for President in 2020 by securing superdelegate support, positioning allies within the Party, and refusing to hand over valuable campaign assets.

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