Bannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020

Bannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon reportedly told a conservative Italian group that he believes a presidential ticket with former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa FBI: Arson attacks directed at three Catholic churches in El Paso Toomey on gun reform: 'Beto O'Rourke is not helping' MORE (D-Texas) and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Fracking ban could have unintended consequence of boosting coal Poll: Voters back Medicare expansion, keeping private insurance MORE (D-Calif.) is the most challenging that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE could face in 2020. 

“Beto on the ticket with Harris is the most dangerous ticket for Trump,” Bannon said, according to the Daily Beast. Both Harris and O'Rourke are among a crowded Democratic field vying for the chance to take on Trump.

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“But don’t forget, the vampire is still alive: Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 Pelosi: Whistleblower complaint 'must be addressed immediately' Election meddling has become the new normal of US diplomacy MORE,” Bannon added. The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee has said she is not running again this cycle.

O'Rourke launched his campaign last week and raised more money on his first day than any other candidate so far. He and Harris are facing off against several other prominent politicians including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOmar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Democrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding MORE (D-N.J.)

Bannon had a top position on Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and also served in the White House until the summer of 2017. He has also worked as the executive chairman of the far-right website Breitbart News.