Sanders open to third White House bid in 2024
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders would be ready to run for president again in 2024 if President Biden decides not to seek a second term, according to a report.
The Vermont independent’s intentions were revealed in a campaign memo that one of his top political advisers sent to his supporters on Wednesday and which was obtained by the Washington Post.
“In the event of an open Democratic presidential primary in 2024, Senator Sanders has not ruled out an alternate presidential bid, so we advise you answer all questions about 2024 with that in mind,” the memo read. of Faiz Shakir, who served as Sanders’ campaign manager in 2020.
Shakir did not respond to a request from the newspaper for comment.
“While it is frustrating to have this private memo leaked to the media, the central fact remains true, which is that Senator Sanders is the nation’s most popular office holder,” Sanders spokesman Mike Casca said. , to the Washington Post, adding that their assertion is based on the polls.
Sanders, 80, who ran for president in 2016 and 2020 but lost to Hillary Clinton and Biden, respectively, told the Washington Post in May 2020 that the chances of him running for the White House again were ” very, very thin.”
Biden, 79, reportedly told former President Barack Obama that he plans to run for office in 2024, but his work approval numbers are in the basement.
His administration is grappling with the border crisis, rising consumer costs due to inflation – which hit 8.5% in March – the lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Shakir’s memo also includes an introduction titled “Embracing the Attacks,” outlining how Sanders-backed Democratic campaigns should respond to criticism of his support.
“As the campaign heats up in states across the country, your political opponents and their corporate-aligned allies will try to put you on the defensive against Senator Bernie Sanders’ support for your candidate,” Shakir says in the memo.
“Our advice is to embrace the attacks,” he wrote.
Shakir offers advice for campaigns on how to answer questions about why their candidate is accepting the endorsement of a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist.
“Sen. Sanders offers a hugely popular vision for the Democratic Party that will regain the critical support we have lost,” Shakir suggested.
“In fact, Bernie wants to build working class power and tackle the corporate socialism that our political system currently promotes,” he added.
Shakir also provides a recommendation on how to respond to inquiries about whether their candidate would support Sanders if he runs against Biden in 2024.
“Sen. Sanders is focused on helping Joe Biden have a successful presidency. As chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, no one fought harder for the president’s political agenda than Bernie. He surrendered in Republican congressional districts last summer to promote Build Back Better,” he said. “Unfortunately, this legislation was stopped by Democratic businesses.”