Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief MORE  (I) during an interview late Tuesday refused to rule out running for the White House in 2020.

During an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Sanders was asked if he was willing to put aside all speculation and announce that he would not be running in the coming election.


“No,” Sanders abruptly answered to a roar of cheers and applause from the audience.

"But, what I have said time and time again,” Sanders, who ran in 2016, continued, “my focus right now is on 2018 and to do everything that I can to end one-party rule of the House and the Senate.”

“I’m working really, really hard on that,” Sanders said, while adding that it is still “too early to be talking about 2020.” 

“Well, please come back when its not too early,” Colbert said.

Sanders finished third among possible 2020 candidates in a poll of registered Democratic voters earlier this summer.

Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE was the front-runner in Harvard CAPS/Harris’s June poll with 32 percent.

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons remember former adviser Vernon Jordan Biden praises Vernon Jordan: He 'knew the soul of America' The parts of H.R. 1 you haven't heard about MORE, the party’s 2016 nominee, finished second with support from 18 percent, while Sanders was third with 16 percent.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Biden says US will have enough vaccine for all adults by end of May | Biden calls on all states to vaccinate teachers by the end of March | Texas, Mississippi lift mask mandates Biden picks for financial agencies offer preview of regulatory agenda Becerra tells Warren he will do 'thorough review' of executive actions on drug prices MORE (D-Mass.) had 10 percent.