Bernie Sanders could launch a third bid for the White House if US President Joe Biden decides not to run, a senior aide has claimed. Speaking to CBS News, Faiz Shakir, who ran Mr Sanders’ previous campaign bid, claimed that despite being “very aware that he’s older now”, the Vermont Senator would consider a 2024 campaign.
He said: “I assume that he would give it a hard look. I don’t want to make a judgment for him.
“Obviously, it would be his choice to make. But I assume that he would want to reevaluate it.
“He’d have to make a real judgment about his own vigour and his stamina and his desire and hunger and passion to do this a third time.
“But if it were an open field? Yeah, I’m confident he would take another look at it.”
During his 2016 and 2020 campaigns, Mr Sanders urged Democrats to rally behind working-class and younger voters and move away from the more pro-business stance of the Clinton and Obama eras.
Mr Sanders lost out to Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden in 2020 respectively.
However, he is widely seen as having inspired a new generation on the American left found in the Democratic Socialists of America.
This has included the so-called “squad” a group of congresswomen, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
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Since the Second World War only Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George HW Bush and Donald Trump have failed to be re-elected.
Some Democrats believe Mr Biden will make an announcement in 2023 but Mr Shakir claimed that despite concerns about his age he is leaning towards another run.
He said: “Personally, I take President Biden at his word and our orbit takes him at his word that he’s taking it seriously and presume that he is leaning toward yes.”