On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) said that although it is too early to decide, he is not ruling out a 2020 presidential campaign..
“No, I am not taking it off the table. I just have not made any decisions,” Sanders said in an interview with SiriusXM radio host Mark Thompson. “And I think it’s much too early.”
Sanders, 75, said instead that he is focusing on more pressing matters such as battling the healthcare bill and other “reactionary policies.”
“People right now, our job right now, is to not only fight against this disastrous health care proposal. It is to take on all of Trump’s reactionary proposals,” Sanders said. “He is a representative of the billionaire class, he’s at war against the working class.
“We’ve got to raise the minimum wage—right now we are working on that to 15 bucks an hour,” he continued. “We have got to make public colleges and universities tuition free. We’ve got to be aggressive on criminal justice reform.”
While Sanders stands strong in his #FightFor15 message, critics have pointed to evidence in Seattle that a high minimum wage disproportionately hurts low-income workers and raises unemployment.
But to continue fighting against Trump, Sanders will first have to defeat 2018 Democratic challenger Jon Svitavsky, an advocate for the homeless, who told Fox News that Sanders’ “Robin Hood Shtick” needs to end and that he divided the Democrat party. Svitavsky said he planned to use Sanders’ recent FBI investigation to unseat the senator.
In a Thursday interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Sanders criticized Democrats for “spending too much time raising money from its wealthy friends, turning its back on rural America, turning its back on the working class, talking about deregulating Wall Street, not paying attention to the needs of people whose standard of living has been in decline.”
Other Democrat frontrunner possibilities are Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass). If Sanders were to win the 2020 race, he would be the oldest elected president at 79 years old.