Avenatti: Potential 2020 candidates should be honest about plans ‘NOW’

Avenatti: Potential 2020 candidates should be honest about plans ‘NOW’
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Michael Avenatti, the lawyer mulling a 2020 presidential bid, is attempting to put pressure on candidates running for reelection in the November midterms to signal whether they plan to seek higher office in two years.

Avenatti, who is representing adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE, said Thursday that candidates who may be considering 2020 bids need to "commit now to either run or not run."

“Any candidate that is currently running for higher office with an election in November owes it to voters to be honest about their intentions regarding 2020 NOW. They need to commit now to either run or not run as opposed to hiding it. Otherwise, they are deceiving voters,” he tweeted. 

Avenatti, who dropped in on the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in Chicago last week, issued the call as multiple potential 2020 contenders seek reelection this fall, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCarbon tax could give liberals vast power to grow federal government Poll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 4 points in Florida Judd Gregg: Two ideas whose time has not come MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenCarbon tax could give liberals vast power to grow federal government Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her More Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandKamala Harris calls for Senate to protect Mueller probe as Rosenstein faces potential dismissal This week: Kavanaugh nomination thrown into further chaos Gillibrand calls for Kavanaugh nomination to be withdrawn MORE (D-N.Y.).

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The 2020 White House battle is expected to kick off in force following the November midterm elections, with Democrats in the Senate and from several states jockeying for positioning for a chance to take on Trump

Should Avenatti launch a Democratic presidential bid, he is expected to join a crowded field. He has fueled speculation about a bid by visiting the crucial states of Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Ohio.

In addition to releasing a litany of policy positions earlier this month, he also announced last week the creation of the Fight PAC, which he says will support candidates in midterm elections with “the size and the presence to really fight back and advocate from a position of strength as opposed to weakness.”

The name of his PAC reflects the attitude he says he would take in a presidential campaign.

“I think that if the Democratic Party focuses on nominating who will make the best president, that’s going to be a critical mistake,” Avenatti told NBC News while in Iowa. “There’s only one question at the end of the day, and that question is: Can the potential nominee beat Donald Trump?”