US Senator Bernie Sanders is preparing to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse, rather than an insurgent underdog.
A final decision has not been made, but close advisers to the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist from the state of Vermont suggest that neither age nor interest from a glut of progressive presidential candidates would discourage him from attempting a second run for the presidency, The Associated Press reported Monday.
As Sanders’ advisers gathered for a conference in the state of Vermont over the weekend, some spoke openly about a 2020 White House bid as if it was almost inevitable, according to the report.
“This time, he starts off as a front-runner, or one of the front-runners,” Sanders’ 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver told the AP.
“It’ll be a much bigger campaign if he runs…