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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersWarren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses RNC says it raised .6 million in February Pollster says 'it's certainly not looking good' for Trump ahead of 2020 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."

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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 TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral 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 ClintonTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent Kellyanne Conway: 'I think my gender helps me with the president' 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 WarrenWarren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses Pollster says 'it's certainly not looking good' for Trump ahead of 2020 Big Tech is not the enemy, Sen. Warren MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJ.J. Abrams, Shonda Rhimes to host Kamala Harris fundraiser Warren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses Pollster says 'it's certainly not looking good' for Trump ahead of 2020 MORE (Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses Citizens lose when partisans play politics with the federal judiciary Booker opens up about relationship with Rosario Dawson MORE (N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand shows off 'just trying to get some ranch' t-shirt Rubio to introduce legislation to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight 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.