Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) has reportedly recorded a presidential announcement video, signaling that the progressive firebrand is closing in on a second White House bid.
News of the announcement video was first reported Saturday by Politico, though it is unclear when — or even whether — Sanders will release the spot. That the Vermont senator has already recorded a video suggests that an announcement could come soon.
Sanders, who mounted an insurgent challenge to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, has been laying the groundwork for a 2020 campaign for months.
Sanders’s anticipated entrance into the presidential race would throw a progressive lawmaker with a loyal base of supporters into an already crowded Democratic primary field that is shaping up to be the largest and most diverse in the party’s history.
But Sanders’s candidacy would likely add fuel to an already heated debate over what kind of candidate the Democratic Party should pit against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2020.
Some Democrats say that the party should put forward a candidate more reflective of an increasingly diverse Democratic electorate. Sanders’s backers, however, argue that the Vermont senator’s populist economic message could resonate with many of the white working-class voters that sent Trump to the White House in 2016.