Ex-campaign manager: Sanders is considering a second White House bid

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOcasio-Cortez on call to run for president: ‘How about … no’ GOP-controlled Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi vote Amazon workers in Staten Island launching campaign to unionize MORE (I-Vt.) is considering another run for the White House in 2020, according to his former campaign manager.

Jeff Weaver, Sanders’s senior adviser and 2016 campaign manager, said in an interview Tuesday on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” that a second bid is under consideration.

Sanders, he said, is "is considering another run for the presidency.”

“When the time comes I think we’ll have an answer to that,” Weaver said. “But right now he’s still considering it."


Weaver’s comments come about a week after Sanders announced he would run for a third term in the Senate this year. Sanders said that if he were reelected, he would fight against President TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists highlight Trump ties to foreign autocrats in hotel light display Jose Canseco pitches Trump for chief of staff: ‘Worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday’ Dershowitz: Mueller's report will contain 'sins' but no 'impeachable offense' MORE and Republicans.

"These are frightening and unprecedented times," Sanders said in a string of tweets after making his announcement. "We have a president who is not only a pathological liar, but someone who is trying to win votes by dividing our nation up based on the color of our skin, our country of origin, our religion, our gender or our sexual orientation.

“If reelected, you can be sure that I will continue to be the fiercest opponent in the Senate to the rightwing extremism of Trump and the Republican leadership." 

Another White House bid by Sanders, 76, wouldn't be a surprise given his nationwide following. Sanders was a surprisingly tough challenger to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCohen once teased Hillary Clinton about going to prison. Now he's been sentenced to 36 months The Hill's 12:30 Report — Cohen gets three years in prison | Fallout from Oval Office clash | House GOP eyes vote on B for wall Contest offers 'Broadway play and chardonnay' with Clinton MORE in the 2016 Democratic primary, becoming a sensation on the left — particularly with young voters.

More people under age 30 voted for Sanders in the 2016 primaries than Trump and Clinton combined, according to The Washington Post.

In 2020, however, he could have competition from left-of-center Democrats including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Majority thinks Trump won't be reelected in 2020 Consumer bureau morale plummeted under Mulvaney: report Julián Castro launches exploratory committee for possible 2020 White House bid MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden to discuss 2020 bid with family over holidays: report Kamala Harris on mortality rates of black mothers: 'We can solve' this Julián Castro launches exploratory committee for possible 2020 White House bid MORE (Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPoll: Majority thinks Trump won't be reelected in 2020 Julián Castro launches exploratory committee for possible 2020 White House bid Gillum to speak at gathering of top Dem donors: report MORE (N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandPavlich: The media gets woke on the Women’s March Warren has contacted 100 people in early 2020 primary states: report O’Rourke is fireball, but not all Dems are sold MORE (N.Y.), all of whom are thought to be considering White House runs. 

Sanders was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 and to the Senate in 2006, and he is expected to easily reclaim his seat in the midterms.