(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Sen. Bernie Sanders, the democrat-socialist from Vermont, says he is open to another presidential race for the 2024 seat if President Joe Biden decides not to seek a second term, Just the News reported.
Sanders, who is technically an Independent, ran for president in 2016 and 2020 as a Democrat.
“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,” reads a leaked memo from a top Sanders political adviser.
Sanders spokesman Mike Casa addressed the leak:
“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.”
After the 2020 presidential run, Sanders, 80, said the possibility of him running for the highest office in the land was “very, very slim.”
Biden, 79, reportedly said he does intend to run for a second term in 2024.
The memo, written by Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ 2020 campaign manager, provides critical questions of Sanders’ platform, and states that his vision is “extremely popular” and “will win back critical support.”
“Sen. Sanders is putting forward an extremely popular vision for the Democratic Party that will win back critical support that we have lost. In fact, Bernie wants to build power for the working class and take on the corporate socialism that our political system currently favors.”
Another question in the memo addresses the possibility of Sanders challenging Biden in the 2024 presidential race:
“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 policy agenda than Bernie. He traveled to Republican congressional districts last summer to promote [Biden’s] Build Back Better [spending proposal]. Unfortunately, that legislation was stopped by corporate Democrats,” is the proposed response.