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FOCUS: Bernie Sanders Addresses 2020 Speculation, Says It's Not an Easy Decision
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49741"><span class="small">Julie Tsirkin, NBC News</span></a>   
Friday, 14 December 2018 12:54

Tsirkin writes: "Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said on Thursday that 'if' he decides to run for president again in 2020, he knows the issues he'll campaign on."

Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: NBC News)
Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: NBC News)


Bernie Sanders Addresses 2020 Speculation, Says It's Not an Easy Decision

By Julie Tsirkin, NBC News

14 December 18


"If" he decides to run, he knows the issues he'll campaign on, the former Democratic presidential candidate said.


en. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said on Thursday that "if" he decides to run for president again in 2020, he knows the issues he'll campaign on.

Addressing speculation that he could enter the wide-open Democratic field, Sanders, 77, told NBC News' Andrea Mitchell that he would "make that decision when I think it's appropriate."

"If, and that is an if, I do decide to run, we're going to be taking on the pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry, and Wall Street. And all of the powerful special interests who now control much of what goes on in Congress," he said.

He also said that deciding to run for president was no easy decision, and he needed to determine what kind of grassroots support might exist for a potential bid.

When asked by Mitchell whether he thought there might be too many Democratic hopefuls in the mix to effectively challenge President Donald Trump, Sanders said the American people will decide who will do the best job based on issues.

"We're going to talk about the burning issues facing the American people, so that the American people can then determine which candidate, Republican, Democrat, whatever, is addressing those issues,” Sanders said.

In an early straw poll of members of the progressive group MoveOn.org, Sanders was third on a list of more than 30 potential 2020 Democratic candidates, trailing behind Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas and former Vice President Joe Biden with 13.1 percent of the votes.

For Thursday, however, Sanders wanted to keep his sights set on the resolution to end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's ongoing war in Yemen.

"Today we are trying to end the worst humanitarian disaster on Earth, and so I’m going to focus on that," he said.

Later on Thursday, the resolution, sponsored by Sanders and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, passed the Senate 56-41 in a major rebuke of the Trump administration’s policies in the region, albeit a symbolic one. The House is not expected to take it up.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said on Thursday that he believes the resolution points Congress to reevaluate the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia.

"The reason we’d been working with them on Yemen is because we believed them when they told us that they weren't intentionally hitting water treatment facilities and schools and cholera medical hospitals," Murphy told NBC News' Hallie Jackson. "And so I think that we need to re-evaluate the whole relationship, which is really what this resolution points us toward and why we have bipartisan support for it."

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+29 # Moxa 2018-12-14 13:41
Good ol' MSNBC. Watch them try to undermine Bernie Sanders in subtle and not so subtle ways. They mention a "straw poll" of MoveOn members, in which Bernie came in 3rd, "trailing" Beto O'Rourke and Joe Biden. They don't tell you that O'Rourke got 15.6% and Biden 14.9% to Bernie's 13.1%, so the differences are miniscule between them.

Also, a straw poll is an unofficial poll, not subject to any kind of objective rigor. The main outcome of the poll is that MoveOn members are divided as to whom they want for the nominee, and that there was no decisive winner.

Bernie is the single most vital politician in the country. What have Biden or O'Rourke done to influence the progress of this country? They are both centrists, Biden more so.

Bernie knows that NOBODY is offering what he is offering. If he gets the nomination he'll win the presidency by a landslide.
 
 
+3 # jon 2018-12-14 21:44
Exactly correct!

If it were not for the closet Republicans running the DNCC, Bernie would have been President for the last two years in a land-slide! If we run another centrist/corpor atist type, we will be leading with our chins. Bernie and Alexandria embody what this country is hungry for. They are the future. The silver lining to the dark cloud that is Republican corruption is that Trump is waking people up and getting them to VOTE. If we ignore this grand opportunity to rectify a lot of the negatives that have happened by trying to make Wall Street happy with another centrist, we might very well lose our last opportunity to stem the tide of rising FOX News inspired Fascism.

This is not the time for compromising with the devil. It is high time to acknowledge the war that the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch, et alia, have been waging on Democracy since it was kicked into high gear by Ronald Reagan, and elect the only FDR we have: Bernie Sanders!
 
 
+3 # lfeuille 2018-12-15 00:52
Yes, Bernie is the best, but Beto is currently the trendy choice. There are a lot of people who have a fairly superficial grasp of the issue and are more impressed by image than coherent policy positions. I've seen people on TV enthuse about how he reminds them of Obama. But Obama actually won his Senate race before he ran. Beto lost. His policy positions are not clear. I don't get this at all, but it is a real trend. Plus the fact that Obama did not turn out to be a really great president.
 
 
+26 # LionMousePudding 2018-12-14 18:37
If Bernie manages to compare his policies with Beto and Biden, Bernie will be in first place. This country has Progressive values and Beto and Biden are not Progressive.

Beto is a rock star and Biden is a household name. Thing is, msm does not report on policy differences. They want it to be a brawl where they can report who insulted who and these lies are true.
 
 
+3 # jon 2018-12-14 22:47
Exactly correct!

If it were not for the closet Republicans running the DNCC, Bernie would have been President for the last two years in a land-slide! If we run another centrist/corpor atist type, we will be leading with our chins. Bernie and Alexandria embody what this country is hungry for. They are the future. The silver lining to the dark cloud that is Republican corruption is that Trump is waking people up and getting them to VOTE. If we ignore this grand opportunity to rectify a lot of the negatives that have happened by trying to make Wall Street happy with another centrist, we might very well lose our last opportunity to stem the tide of rising FOX News inspired Fascism.

This is not the time for compromising with the devil. It is high time to acknowledge the war that the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch, et alia, have been waging on Democracy since it was kicked into high gear by Ronald Reagan, and elect the only FDR we have: Bernie Sanders!
 
 
+2 # Robbee 2018-12-15 10:25
"If, and that is an if, I do decide to run, we're going to be taking on the pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry, and Wall Street. And all of the powerful special interests who now control much of what goes on in Congress." - bernie

- wow! - how invigorating!

feels like a new day in america, bernie! i'm all in!
 
 
+3 # Citizen Mike 2018-12-15 11:07
Bernie's POLICIES are winners but his age handicaps his run for President. But in my opinion he should run for VICE PRESIDENT on a ticket headed by a younger candidate like Warren who supports his program and will rely on him as advisor and active assistant. Or otherwise campaign very actively and appear with a younger candidate who is pledged to Bernie's principals and programs. I do not think Beto has a wide enough attraction, his flash of attention does not have "legs" and he lacks experience in office. Too new and untested. Warren has the experience, star power, the appeal of being a woman who is NOT HILLARY and the populist credentials this moment needs.