Sanders gathered advisers to discuss 2020 run: report

Sanders gathered advisers to discuss 2020 run: report

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate passes 6B defense bill Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families Kasich: There’s a disease in American politics MORE (I-Vt.) gathered several of his top political advisers in Washington this past weekend to discuss the possibility of running for president again in 2020, Politico reported on Thursday.

Sanders was a big underdog to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonKoch brothers group won't back Stewart in Virginia Giuliani says his demand for Mueller probe to be suspended was for show Poll: GOP challenger narrowly leads Heitkamp in North Dakota MORE in the 2016 Democratic primary but managed to win 23 states, narrowly losing the nomination. His advisers reportedly told him he would be a likely front-runner for the Democratic nomination in 2020.

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According to the report, the meeting included Sanders’s wife, Jane Sanders, as well as former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver, Democratic strategists Mark Longabaugh and Julian Mulvey, pollster Ben Tulchin, online fundraiser Tim Tagaris, senior Senate adviser Ari Rabin-Havt, political adviser Chuck Rocha, and former communications aide Arianna Jones.

Advisers also discussed how to run against President TrumpDonald John Trump20 weeks out from midterms, Dems and GOP brace for surprises Sessions responds to Nazi comparisons: 'They were keeping the Jews from leaving' Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing this week MORE if Sanders won the Democratic Primary.

Trump has reportedly said he thinks he could beat Sanders in a match-up, although a recent poll on possible 2020 candidates shows Sanders, former Vice President Biden and media mogul Oprah Winfrey all leading Trump in a head-to-head matchup.

A Harvard CAPS/Harris poll from January shows Biden leading the 2020 Democratic field, with Sanders in second.