According to the Washington Post, Senator Bernie Sanders, a long-time favorite of leftist millennials, has apparently not ruled out a presidential run in 2024, at least not entirely, should Biden ultimately choose not to run again.
WaPo bases its report on a memo originating from Sanders’ 2020 campaign manager, Faiz Shakier, in which Shakir proclaimed that Sanders has categorically “not ruled out another run for president … in the event of an open 2024 Democratic presidential primary.”
“So we advise that you answer any questions about 2024 with that in mind,” Shakir added.
Interestingly, Shakir’s memo stands in direct opposition to the Democrat Party’s statement in 2020, chiefly when Sanders declared that his chances of running once again in 2024 are “very, very slim.”
Sanders has struck out twice in two different presidential elections: First, in 2016 to Hillary Clinton; second, in 2020 to Joe Biden. Sanders sustained these losses in spite of winning Vermont, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah prior being crushed by party efforts in subsequent states.
In the past month, Biden declared that he would eagerly embrace a rematch with President Donald J. Trump in 2024, though he did not formally affirm his plans to run for the presidency again.
Earlier in the week, reports surfaced regarding Biden’s apparent powwow with former president Barack Obama, in which Biden allegedly expressed his presidential ambitions for 2024.
On his part, Sanders responded angrily to the leaked memo, with his spokesman Mike Casca proclaiming “it’s frustrating this private memo leaked to the media.”
Casca also added that “the central fact remains true … Senator Sanders is the most popular officeholder in the country.”
Sanders, who often votes along Democrat lines yet vaguely identifies as a socialist and an independent, has always had the option to run as a third party candidate.
However, he eschewed that option both times in 2016 and 2020.