Sanders to Colbert: 'You will be my vice presidential candidate!'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOcasio-Cortez on call to run for president: ‘How about … no’ GOP-controlled Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi vote Amazon workers in Staten Island launching campaign to unionize MORE (I-Vt.) jokingly told CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert that he would be his vice presidential pick if he decided to run for president in 2020.

Sanders, 77, praised other possible Democratic candidates including the congressman who captured national attention for his ultimately failed run against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenators prepare for possibility of Christmas in Washington during a shutdown Biden to discuss 2020 bid with family over holidays: report Julián Castro launches exploratory committee for possible 2020 White House bid MORE (R-Texas).

"What do you think of Beto O’Rourke?" asked Colbert.


"I think he ran a very, very good grassroots campaign in Texas," Sanders responded. "I think [Massachusetts Sen.] Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Majority thinks Trump won't be reelected in 2020 Consumer bureau morale plummeted under Mulvaney: report Julián Castro launches exploratory committee for possible 2020 White House bid MORE is a wonderful, good, dear friend of mine, and there are a number of others, [New Jersey Sen.] Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPoll: Majority thinks Trump won't be reelected in 2020 Julián Castro launches exploratory committee for possible 2020 White House bid Gillum to speak at gathering of top Dem donors: report MORE is a good friend of mine. We work together on many, many issues."

"One has to try to be objective, not subjective, and say, 'OK, do I think I can be the best candidate in helping to turn the country around and helping defeat Trump?' That’s where we are right now."

“OK, so you’re running?" asked Colbert.

"And you will be my vice presidential candidate!" Sanders exclaimed to cheers from "The Late Show's" New York studio audience.

Earlier in the interview, Sanders said running for the highest office in the land can be a "difficult decision for one's family,"

“I know you’re not going to answer the question so I’m not going to ask you if you’re running in 2020. So don’t make me ask it, just tell me,” Colbert said to Sanders, who ran for the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.

“The answer is, look, when you run for president of the United States, especially in this ugly political world that we live in right now, it is a very difficult decision for one’s family,” Sanders replied.

"And what I am looking at very hard right now is trying to — and there are some really good people out there, many personal friends of mine, who are thinking about running as well — and I’m trying to ascertain, quite honestly, going beyond ego, A, which candidate has the best chance to beat Trump and, B, which candidate’s ideas can most turn this country around so that we have a government that works for all of us and not just the people on top.”

Sanders ran an unexpectedly strong race against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCohen once teased Hillary Clinton about going to prison. Now he's been sentenced to 36 months The Hill's 12:30 Report — Cohen gets three years in prison | Fallout from Oval Office clash | House GOP eyes vote on B for wall Contest offers 'Broadway play and chardonnay' with Clinton MORE in 2016, capturing 1,846 delegates to her 2,205. The former secretary of State won more superdelegates, however, 602 to 48. 

The Democratic Party has since faced considerable backlash regarding the power of superdelegates after an outcry from Sanders supporters. 

In June, a Democratic National Committee panel moved forward with a proposal limiting the power of superdelegates in picking future presidential nominees.