Not ruling out the possibility, Senator Bernie Sanders said it is “much too early” to decide will he run for president in 2020.
Mr. Sanders said he is “not taking it off the table,” adding that he did not decide yet as it is too early to think about that now, and that there are bigger problems to address at the moment. He says he is focused on many important fights that must be fought.
“Our job right now is to not only fight against this disastrous health care proposal, it is to take on all of [President Donald] Trump’s reactionary proposals,” he said. “He is a representative of the billionaire class. He’s at war against the working class. We have got to raise the minimum wage right now, we’re working on that, to 15 bucks an hour. We have got to make public colleges and universities tuition-free. We have got to be aggressive on criminal justice reform.”
“It’s just too early to be talking about an election 3½ years from now.”
Sanders made similar statement earlier in January on a CNN town hall event. If he became president in 2020, Sanderswould become the oldest president elected in U.S. history with 79.
Sanders also addressed issue of the emails released by Donald Trump Jr. related to his June 2016 meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, who is said to be connected to Kremlin. Trump Jr expected to receive some damaging information about Hillary Clinton to allegedly help his father’s campaign.
“It is a very damaging piece of evidence,” Sanders said in the in the interview for SiriusXM, according to reports by Newsweek and USA Today. “But what is important is that there be a methodical, objective, bipartisan process that looks at this whole business of the possibility of Trump’s campaign colluding with the Russians.”
Sanders also made comment on the Trump’s nomination of Christopher Wray for FBI director position.
“The key issue here, Mark, there’s one very simple issue: We have … a very, very weird moment in American history. We have a president who is doing things that have been unprecedented. There is reason to believe that he may have fired the last FBI director because that director was in the middle of an investigation looking at the possible collusion of the Trump campaign with Russia. That’s why, maybe, why he was fired.”
Sanders thinks that the “most important thing” was that the new FBI director must be “absolutely independent and has got to make it clear that he will stand up for law and for justice, and not be at the whim of this president.”