Will Sanders run for president in 2020?


Bernie Sanders has not ruled out the possibility that he might make a bid for the White House in 2020.
The 75-year-old may decide to try again with another presidential bid as Democrats now place the focus on rebuilding their party following Hillary Clinton’s defeat.
Vermont independent Mr Sanders said: “Four years is a long time from now. We’ll take one thing at a time, but I’m not ruling out anything.”
The Democratic party has now begun to look at what went wrong in its election campaign.
While Mrs Clinton was seen in the run up to the election cosying up to big-name celebrities, including Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren have urged the Democrats to now embrace a more populist economic message.
Ms Warren said: “The final results may have divided us — but the entire electorate embraced deep, fundamental reform of our economic system and our political system. Working families across this country are deeply frustrated about an economy and a government that doesn’t work for them.”
Huge Republican gains have left the Democrats doing much soul searching. They will now be looking in depth at the scale of their losses and coming up with a strategy to come back in the next elections.
The frustrations of Ms Warren and Mr Sanders are mirrored among many liberals in the wake of Mr Trump’s triumph on election day.
However, the fact they are wielding such influence highlights another issue which is being faced by the Democrat party.
Currently, a large percentage of the party’s loudest, and leading, voices are older people. Ms Warren is 67, while if Mr Sanders does decide to run in 2020, he will not be far shy of his 80th birthday.
While Mr Trump has appealed to white, working class citizens, the Democrats will want to make sure they do not lose any ground with their core constituencies of young and minority voters.
Mr Sanders has described Mr Trump’s win as an “embarrassment” to Democrats. He says his own party now needs to make a case which is strong enough to win over struggling workers.
He said: “You cannot be a party which, on one hand, says we’re in favor of working people, we’re in favor of the needs of young people, but wedon’t quite have the courage to take on Wall Street and the billionaire class. People do not believe that. You’ve got to decide which side you’re on.”


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