Politico: "Bernie Sanders records video announcing 2020 campaign"
Yes, Bernie continues along on his trajectory towards throwing his hat into the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary ring...
Via Politico on Saturday afternoon:
Bernie Sanders records video announcing 2020 campaign
By HOLLY OTTERBEIN
02/16/2019 01:38 PM EST
Bernie Sanders, inching closer to a second bid for the White House, has recorded a campaign video in which he says he is running for president in 2020, according to two people familiar with the spot.
It’s the latest sign the independent senator, the runner-up in the 2016 contest for the Democratic nomination, is nearing a presidential announcement.
Another hint that Sanders is getting closer to a launch: The Sanders team has been interviewing people for top staff positions, POLITICO reported this week. Chuck Rocha, a political consultant who advised Sanders’ 2016 campaign, is expected to join him again if a second bid materializes.
It is unclear when, or whether, the Sanders video would be released. It’s possible Sanders could launch a 2020 campaign with an exploratory committee and declare his candidacy later, a route other presidential candidates, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have taken.
Sarah Ford, a spokeswoman for Sanders, did not respond to a request for comment about the video...
Two key fundraising folks from his 2016 "small-dollar fundraising program," Tim Tagaris and Robin Curran, have already acknowledged that they will "join any second presidential campaign."
Bernie's media folks are in discussions with "...Means of Production, the filmmaking company that created Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s viral campaign video during the midterm elections, about a major 2020 role." (And, yes, living in the NYC metro are, I can sincerely state that AOC's TV work was outstanding. This is a critical, early score for Team Sanders.)
Last but not least, David Duhalde, Our Revolution's political director, sent out an email asking...
"...for donations for phone banking, door knocking, volunteer training and other outreach strategies.
“We’re organizing every day so that if and when Bernie announces, our members and our groups can hit the ground running.”
For people that want Bernie in the 2020 race--like yours truly--this is all very encouraging news.