Sanders: 2020 Dems will rally around nominee to ‘defeat Donald Trump’

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersAlan Dershowitz: In defense of Chelsea Clinton O'Rourke: Decisions on late-term abortions 'best left to a woman and her doctor' CNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina MORE (I-Vt.) told "Late Night With Seth Meyers" on Thursday that no matter who wins the Democratic nod, all of the candidates will rally around the nominee in order to "defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE."

“We all understand that no matter who wins, everybody is going to rally around that candidate and defeat Donald Trump,” the 2020 contender said. 

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Sanders also acknowledged that it is awkward to be running against so many of his fellow Democrats, including a number of senators he sees regularly. 

"We all have lunch together every Tuesday and you got half the caucus running for president,” he quipped.

Thus far, there has not been much quibbling between the many Democrats running for the party's 2020 nomination and some have said they're running against their friends. 

The already crowded field includes Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 CNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina O'Rourke sees 'a lot of wisdom' in abolishing Electoral College MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery GOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 Warren introduces petition to end the Electoral College MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina O'Rourke sees 'a lot of wisdom' in abolishing Electoral College Gillibrand: Aide who claimed sexual harassment was 'believed' MORE (D-N.J.). Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenTrump: 'I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be' Poll: Biden rises to 8-point lead over Sanders among Democratic primary voters Andrew Yang draws crowd of 3,000 in San Francisco MORE and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeO'Rourke sees 'a lot of wisdom' in abolishing Electoral College Poll: Biden rises to 8-point lead over Sanders among Democratic primary voters Andrew Yang draws crowd of 3,000 in San Francisco MORE (D-Texas) are also considering jumping in the quickly growing field.

Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, is viewed as one of the front-runners after he finished second to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Dem strategist says Donna Brazile is joining Fox News 'for the money' CNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina MORE for the party's nomination in 2016. 

Sanders and Biden are leading the field possible candidates in New Hampshire, according to a poll published Thursday.