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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBriahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Sanders 'disappointed' in House panel's vote on drug prices Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants 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 TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race 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 ClintonAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book 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 WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisStefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris MORE (Calif.), Cory BookerCory BookerDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Fighting poverty, the Biden way Top Senate Democrats urge Biden to take immediate action on home confinement program MORE (N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandHochul tells Facebook to 'clean up the act' on abortion misinformation after Texas law Democratic senators request probe into Amazon's treatment of pregnant employees The FBI comes up empty-handed in its search for a Jan. 6 plot 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.