Former campaign manager: Sanders would start 2020 race as ‘one of the front-runners’

Former campaign manager: Sanders would start 2020 race as ‘one of the front-runners’
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate Trump to counter DNC with travel to swing states Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins MORE's (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential campaign manager said he believes a potential 2020 White House bid by the senator would be a much larger effort than the one two years ago.

“This time, he starts off as a front-runner, or one of the front-runners,” Jeff Weaver told The Associated Press in a story published Monday.

“It’ll be a much bigger campaign if he runs again, in terms of the size of the operation," he added.

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Weaver noted that Sanders has already established a fundraising network and an army of staff and volunteers.

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