Bernie Sanders seems to be keeping his options open for 2020.
When asked on March 31 if he will run for president again, his response was ambiguous, but he did not rule it out, reports Boston Magazine.
“Too often, the media get involved in what I call political gossip,” Sanders said. “The issue of today, in my view, is to try to address some of the concerns that I raised about the collapsing middle class, massive levels of income inequality, being the only major country not to guarantee healthcare to all people -- that’s what we focus on. We do our work. And when election time comes around, things happen. People decide to run.”
A March 15 poll by Fox News found that Sanders is the most popular politician in the United States. In the poll, he received a 61 percent favorability rating, as opposed to President Donald Trump's 44 percent.
Although Trump has characterized Sanders as "crazy," he has also consistently portrayed both Sanders and himself as outsiders in a corrupt political system.
In a May 2016 tweet cited by CBS news, Trump wrote, "I don't want to hit Crazy Bernie Sanders too hard yet because I love watching what he is doing to Crooked Hillary [referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee at the time]."
Two months later, he tweeted about the WikiLeaks documents which allegedly revealed a conspiracy within the Democratic National Committee to prevent Sanders from getting the nomination, RT noted at the time. "Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders," Trump wrote. "Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileaks, really vicious. RIGGED."
According to The Independent, upon winning the Republican nomination, Trump said: "For all those Bernie Sanders supporters who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of super delegates, we welcome you with open arms."
Although he ran for president as a Democrat, Sanders was elected to the U.S. Senate as an Independent. He is currently serving his second term in that capacity, following 16 years as Vermont’s sole congressman in the House of Representatives. His political career was launched in 1981, when he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont.
His political philosophy is summarized on his official website:
The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all? Are we prepared to take on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class, or do we continue to slide into economic and political oligarchy? These are the most important questions of our time, and how we answer them will determine the future of our country.