Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), in an indication he may be inching closer to yet another bid for the White House, has recorded a campaign video in which he says he is running for president in 2020.
That’s according to a report in Politico on Saturday morning, which cited “two people familiar with the spot.”
The senator, who is 77 years old, lost the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 to Hillary Clinton.
And there is yet another hint Sanders is strongly eyeing a run in 2020.
“As Politico reported this week, the Sanders team has been interviewing people for top staff positions. Chuck Rocha, a political consultant who advised Sanders’ 2016 campaign, is expected to join him again if a second bid materializes,” the outlet noted.
There is no indication yet when, or even if, the Sanders video would be released.
Recently, Sanders pretended to be on a phone call in order to avoid answering a Daily Caller reporter’s questions about his opinion on the sexual assault allegations against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D).
Sanders last Saturday said that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) should resign amid a blackface and KKK picture scandal so that Fairfax could replace him and “begin a new day for Virginia.”
Northam, of course, has been fielding bipartisan calls to resign after a picture from his 1984 medical school yearbook page surfaced depicting two individuals standing together — someone in blackface and someone in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. But Northam thus far has refused to step down from the position he won in 2017 and seems to be standing firm on that position.
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The Washington Post reported shortly thereafter that an unnamed woman had accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in 2004 during the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
Fairfax admitted to engaging in a sexual encounter with a woman — but insisted that it was consensual. No witnesses have been able to corroborate the Fairfax accuser’s story.
Sarah Ford, a spokeswoman for Bernie Sanders, did not respond to a request from Politico for comment about the 2020 campaign video, the publication said on Saturday.
But Sanders apparently has been “laying the groundwork” for a 2020 campaign for months, The Hill noted.
Numerous other Democrats have already announced their run for their party’s nomination for 2020 or formed exploratory committees to do so.
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