Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent-Vermont, surprised many with his competitive race against former State Secretary Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
If Clinton hadn’t have had such close ties to the Democratic National Committee, the self-avowed socialist may have defeated her. Now, the question on political pundits’ and Sanders’ scores of adoring supporters’ minds is will he or won’t he run for president in 2020? A scheduled trip to the state of Iowa on February 23, 2018 may be a hint that he will.
Sanders will appear at a rally in the Hawkeye State for a former campaign aide, Pete D’Alessandro, who is vying for a congressional seat as a Democrat. D’Alessandro stated, “Bernie knows that we need bold, progressive leaders in Congress if we’re going to change the direction of our country.”
Sanders’ former aide also said, “That’s why I’m proudly supporting Medicare for All, a $15/hour living wage, and free college tuition for those who work hard…we can take our country back and continue the movement Bernie started here in 2016.”
The importance of a trip to Iowa by a potential presidential hopeful doesn’t go unnoticed. Therefore, many people are speculating Sanders’s February visit to the state is a sign he still hopes to be the next President of the United States. This trip will be Sanders’s third one to the purple state since his disappointing 2016 defeat to the former first lady in the Democratic primary election. Dave Weigel, writer for the Washington Post, tweeted, “he’s running,” and posted a link to a piece reporting about Sanders’s visit to the Hawkeye State.
At the end of last month, Clarence Page, columnist for the Chicago Tribune, stated on a broadcast of The McLaughlin Group, “I predict Bernie Sanders is going to run for president again, unless somebody among the prospective candidates on the Democratic side comes closer to his way of thinking. He’s going to jump into it again.”
Page wasn’t confident Sanders, who would reach his 79th birthday before the 2020 presidential election, would prevail. He said, “I’m not going to say he is going to get the nomination.” and “I think his appeal is overrated in that regard. But, he could have a big impact.”
The Vermont Senator’s scheduled visit to Iowa will occur about a month after he summoned a team to examine the possibility of a 2020 presidential run. On January 20, 2018, Sanders discussed the viability and shape of a potential 2020 campaign with his top political advisors in Washington D.C. Sanders’s advisors reportedly assured him he would be one of the front-runners for the Democratic nomination if he were to decide to run. They urged him to start the planning process if he has any inclination to be the next President of the United States. According to several Democrats, Sanders hasn’t formally made a decision about 2020, but he feels getting rid of President Trump is the most important thing for the country. Sanders also allegedly wants to be ready if he elects to run.
During the meeting, which was specifically scheduled to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, Sanders and his advisors contemplated what the 2020 Democratic field might look like. Numerous Democrats close to the socialist emphatically insisted the session wasn’t only about planning for the 2020 presidential race. Jeff Weaver, the Vermont Senator’s campaign manager, said, “The senator is extremely focused on making sure the Democrats win in 2018 and that is the primary goal right now: to retake the House and retake the Senate so we can stop this horrendous Trump agenda.”
Senator Sanders’s constant, vehement attacks of Trump might also be an indication of his desired plans to claim the White House in 2020. On February 13, 2018, the Socialist excoriated White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney regarding Trump’s budget proposal while Mulvaney testified before the Senate Budget Committee. Sanders condescendingly said, “Director Mulvaney, tell me about the morality of a budget which supports tax breaks for billionaires, throws 32 million people off of the health insurance they have, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of fellow Americans.”
During a January 19, 2018 interview with MSNBC, Sanders belittled Trump by saying, “I think it is an international embarrassment, we have a president who has driven the respect that this great country has all over the world down lower than it has ever been.” As many in the Democratic Party move even further to the left, the self-proclaimed Socialist from Vermont’s chances of securing the Democratic nomination in 2020 continue to improve.
~ Conservative Zone