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 TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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) SandersHillicon Valley: New York says goodbye to Amazon's HQ2 | AOC reacts: 'Anything is possible' | FTC pushes for record Facebook fine | Cyber threats to utilities on the rise O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation Amazon to pay Bernie Sanders in federal income taxes: report MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren's 'ultra wealth' tax is misleading Hillicon Valley: New York says goodbye to Amazon's HQ2 | AOC reacts: 'Anything is possible' | FTC pushes for record Facebook fine | Cyber threats to utilities on the rise O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOn The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation 2020 Dems slam Trump's plan to declare national emergency 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?”