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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Lee, Sanders introduce bill to tax Wall Street transactions 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 TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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 HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign T.I., Charlamagne Tha God advocate for opportunity zones on Capitol Hill Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — CBO officials testify on pros and cons of 'Medicare for All' | Booker vows to form White House office on abortion rights | Measles outbreak spreads with cases now in half the country MORE (D-N.J.). Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC Biden retains large lead over Sanders, other 2020 Dems in new Hill-HarrisX poll The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push 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 ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests 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.