A memo that was written by Faiz Shakir, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign manager during his 2020 presidential run, revealed that the 80-year-old senator has not ruled out a third presidential run, should President Joe Biden not run again. The memo was shared with and first reported on by Sean Sullivan with The Washington Post.
The memo, from Shakir noted that “In the event of an open 2024 Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Sanders has not ruled out another run for president, so we advise that you answer any questions about 2024 with that in mind.”
Sullivan noted that “The memo was shared by a person with direct knowledge of its contents on the condition of anonymity because it was not released publicly, and confirmed by a second person with direct knowledge of the contents.”
While the memo was leaked, Sanders spokesperson Mike Casca confirmed the memo, in a way. “While it’s frustrating this private memo leaked to the media, the central fact remains true, which is that Senator Sanders is the most popular officeholder in the country,” Casca said.
A Harvard-Harris poll from 2017 found that Sanders was regarded as the country’s most active politician, in that he was viewed favorably by 57 percent of registered voters.
President Biden has said numerous times that he intends to run for re-election. As Madeline covered on Tuesday, Biden had told former President Barack Obama, who recently visited the White House, that he will run in 2024.
The Washington Examiner on Wednesday, POLITICO’s Eugene Daniels pointed out that Biden believes he is “the only person” who can beat Trump and that he is telling “anybody, it seems, behind closed doors” that he plans to run again, “especially” if it is Trump.
This is an excerpt from Townhall.
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