Sanders on 2020 White House bid: 'We're looking at it'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration Poll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary MORE (I-Vt.) said on Sunday that his team is "looking at" a possible 2020 White House bid, but they want to ensure that he is the "strongest candidate" who can defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE before making a final decision. 

“I will make that decision at the appropriate time,” Sanders said on MSNBC's "PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton." 

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“And I will be honest with you, you are a friend," he said, addressing Sharpton. "You know, we’re looking at it. But it’s a decision that impacts your family. And I want to make sure that when I make that decision, if I decide to run, that I have concluded, in fact, that I am the strongest candidate who can defeat Donald Trump." 

"We’ve got some great people out there who are thinking of running," Sanders added. "They are my friends. And I’ve got to make that decision that, based on my background, based on my past, based on my ideas that, in fact, I am the candidate that can defeat Trump." 

Sanders is one of more than a dozen Democrats eyeing a bid for the presidency.

His 2016 presidential campaign mobilized progressive voters who resonated with his brand of self-defined democratic socialism, but former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE ultimately won the party's nomination.

The Vermont independent during the midterm elections campaigned for progressive Democrats across the country. 

Sanders is one of Trump's most outspoken critics in the Senate, more than once calling him the "most racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted president in history." 

A Politico/Morning Consult presidential primary poll last week had former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Trump, Biden in dead heat in hypothetical 2020 matchup among Texas voters Biden calls for reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act MORE and Sanders leading the pack of Democrats, with former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkePoll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could NBC, CNN to host first two Democratic presidential primary debates MORE (D-Texas) in third place. 

Other possible 2020 contenders include Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Poll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Dems blast rulemaking on family planning program | Facebook may remove anti-vaccine content | Medicare proposes coverage for new cancer treatment MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Trump tweets video mocking Dems not cheering during State of the Union Former Virginia Gov McAuliffe writes book about confronting white nationalism MORE (D-N.J.).