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 Sanders2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary 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.

Sanders has appeared near the top of several polls of potential Democratic candidates for the 2020 campaign. The Vermont senator lost the 2016 Democratic nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Manafort sought to hurt Clinton 2016 campaign efforts in key states: NYT MORE.

He has been noncommittal about launching a campaign for the 2020 election, though he is thought to be among one of several likely candidates, along with Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary MORE (Calif.), and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandCharlize Theron: We didn't want the politics to overshadow 'Bombshell' Senate panel clears controversial Trump court pick Advocates step up efforts for horse racing reform bill after more deaths MORE (N.Y.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides MORE.

Sanders said last week he will "probably" run if he believes he's the best candidate to defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE in the general election.