Bernie Sanders Says 2020 Presidential Bid Not Off The Table

WASHINGTON Sen.Bernie Sanders(I-Vt.) says its much too early to make a decision on whether he will run for president in 2020, but hes not ruling out the possibility.

Im not taking it off the table, Sanders said in an interview scheduled to air Thursday on SiriusXM Progress channels Make It Plain With Mark Thompson.I just have not made any decisions. And I think its much too early.

For now, Sanders, 75, 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] Trumps reactionary proposals, he said. He is a representative of the billionaire class. Hes at war against the working class. Weve got to raise the minimum wage right now, were working on that, to 15 bucks an hour. We have got to make public colleges and universities tuition-free. Weve got to be aggressive on criminal justice reform.

Its just too early to be talking about an election 3 years from now.

Sanders made similar comments back in January duringa CNN town hall event.If he were to be elected in 2020, Sanders, at 79, would become the oldest president elected in U.S. history.

In his interview with Thompson, Sanders reportedly discussedthe emailsreleased by Donald Trump Jr. related to his June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer.

It is a very damaging piece of evidence, Sanders said in the SiriusXM interview, 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 Trumps campaign colluding with the Russians.

Sanders also weighed in on the nomination of Christopher Wray to serve as FBI director.

The key issue here, Mark, theres 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. Thats why, maybe, why he was fired.

Sanders added 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.

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Bernie Sanders: I am not taking 2020 off the table // SiriusXM Progress

Hear Mark Thompson's full interview with Bernie Sanders on SiriusXM Progress (Ch. 127) July 13 at 8am ET and On Demand.

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