Sanders won’t take 2020 presidential bid ‘off the table’

Sanders won't take 2020 presidential bid 'off the table'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersUK’s Corbyn: I told Bernie Sanders he gave me ‘campaign ideas’Poll: Sanders is most popular senator in any home stateSanders: No amendment could fix Senate’s ‘absolute disaster’ healthcare billMORE (I-Vt.) refused to swear off a 2020 presidential bid in an interview, arguing that it’s “much too early” to make a decision.

“I am not taking it off the table, I just have not made any decisions. And I think it’s much too early,” he said in an interview set to air Thursday morning with SiriusXM Progress’ “Make it Plain with Mark Thompson.”

“Our job right now is to not only fight against this disastrous healthcare proposal, it is to take on all of [President] Trump’s reactionary proposals … There’s a whole lotta fights that we have to fight. It is just too early to be talking about an election 3 1/2 years from now.”

Sanders has repeatedly kept the door open for a 2020 run amid constant speculation that he will seek to run again after falling short in the 2016 Democratic primary. That speculation came to ahead once again this week when Sanders announced he would return to Iowa, where he fell just a few delegates short of winning the 2016 caucus, as part of his book tour later this summer.

Outside of his work in office, Sanders remains extremely active politically, rallying his supporters against Trump and pushing the Democratic Party to embrace his progressive agenda. He’s continued to travel the country to support political candidates and an affiliated nonprofit, Our Revolution, works to advocate for his agenda and to back candidates up and down the ballot.

During the interview with SiriusXM, Sanders also shared his concerns about Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump’s lawyers knew about Trump Jr. emails weeks ago: reportKushner pushed WH for tougher defense of Trump Jr. emails: reportWhite House releases emails sent to voter fraud commissionMORE Jr. and his decision to release an email transcript that appears to show him setting up a meeting with a Russian lawyer who offered damaging information about Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump’s lawyers knew about Trump Jr. emails weeks ago: reportKushner pushed WH for tougher defense of Trump Jr. emails: reportTrump Jr. pitch was part of broad Russian effortMORE.

“From my point of view, it is a very damaging piece of evidence. But what is important is that there be a methodical, objective, bipartisan process that looks at this whole business of the possibility of Trump’s campaign colluding with the Russians,” he said.

“This is pretty clearly a damaging revelation, but the process has got to continue, and it will.”