Bernie Sanders Presidential Speculation Grows Ahead of Interview
(Bloomberg) -- Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermont senator who finished runner up to Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, could announce a presidential run as soon as tomorrow, according to a report, with the senator set for a nationally-televised interview in the morning.
- ‘CBS This Morning’ teased what it called a "revealing interview" with Sanders set to air Tuesday morning
- WMUR, the flagship TV station of New Hampshire, reports an email announcing Sanders’ plans to run will be sent to supporters tomorrow
- CNN says "all signs are pointing" to a Tuesday announcement
- Politico earlier reportedSanders had recorded a video saying he’s running, citing two unnamed people familiar
If he runs, Sanders, 77, would start a presidential bid with a long list of potential advantages, not least of which include a massive email list of supporters, a proven track record of small-dollar fundraising, and veteran aides who three years ago helped chart a path to victory in key states like New Hampshire.
For all his successes three years ago, 2020 will be a very different campaign cycle. Many former Sanders supporters and aides are looking at other options in a diverse field of Democrats that could top 20 well-known names. At least one such advocate - Tulsi Gabbard - is running herself. And in a year when Democratic voters have signaled a increased desire for racial and gender diversity, Sanders would be only the second straight, white man in the field.
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