Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Burlington, VT, United States (4E) – Diehard loyalist supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders have launched a campaign to convince the feisty Independent to run for U.S. President in 2020.
They’re now laying the groundwork to launch a much bigger presidential campaign than Sanders’ first in 2016. Some are so confident of a win they predict that Sanders, 77, will open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a heavy favorite.
Sources said neither age nor a crowded candidate field will dissuade Sanders from a second shot at the presidency. Sanders’ brain trust met at a retreat in Vermont over the weekend to map out strategies..
“This time, he starts off as a front-runner, or one of the front-runners,” said John Weaver, Sanders’ 2016 campaign manager. “It’ll be a much bigger campaign if he runs again, in terms of the size of the operation.”
The first order of the day is to build an organizational structure so Sanders can start campaigning at a moment’s notice.
“We have two goals,” said Rich Pelletier, one of the four main organizers of Organizing For Bernie. “One, we want to show the support is there. The second is to begin to do the organizing that is going to need to happen for him to hit the ground running, by the time he announces — if he announces.”
Sanders himself has already said he’ll “probably run” for president in 2020, “if it turns out that I am the best candidate to beat Trump.”
His loyalists in the Organizing for Bernie obviously believe this to be true. They don’t just plan on gathering names but want to start building a national organization.
“We want to have an organization in each state, territory and city,” said Pelletier.
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