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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersWarren calls for abolishing Electoral College Biden weighing an early announcement of running mate: report Poll: Biden leads among millennial voters 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 ClintonOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all O'Rourke faces sharp backlash from left Dem strategist says South Carolina will be first 'real test' for O'Rourke 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 calls for abolishing Electoral College Warren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' Poll: Biden leads among millennial voters MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden weighing an early announcement of running mate: report Poll: Biden leads among millennial voters O'Rourke faces sharp backlash from left MORE (Calif.), and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over New Zealand coverage Warren, Harris, Gillibrand back efforts to add justices to Supreme Court The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Dems grapple with race, gender and privilege MORE (N.Y.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden weighing an early announcement of running mate: report Poll: Biden leads among millennial voters O'Rourke faces sharp backlash from left MORE.

Sanders said last week he will "probably" run if he believes he's the best candidate to defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' National Enquirer paid 0,000 for Bezos texts: report Santorum: Trump should 'send emails to a therapist' instead of tweeting MORE in the general election.