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‘I’m not taking it off the table’: Bernie Sanders won’t rule out 2020 presidential campaign

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks about health care June 27 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Sanders said in a radio interview Thursday that he hasn't ruled out a 2020 presidential campaign. Sanders will turn 79 in 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declined to rule out a 2020 presidential campaign during a Thursday radio interview.

Asked on SiriusXM Progress’ “Make It Plain With Mark Thompson,” if he is considering another run for the White House, Sanders replied, “I’m not taking it off the table.”

“I just have not made any decisions,” said Sanders, 75. “And I think it’s much too early.”

Sanders said he is currently focused on defeating President Donald Trump’s agenda.

“Our job right now is to not only fight against this disastrous health care proposal, it is to take on all of Trump’s reactionary proposals,” he said. “He is a representative of the billionaire class. He’s at war against the working class. We’ve got to raise the minimum wage right now, we’re working on that, to 15 bucks an hour. We have got to make public colleges and universities tuition-free. We’ve got to be aggressive on criminal justice reform.”

Sanders said that “It’s just too early to be talking about an election three and a half years from now.”

The independent senator from Vermont will turn 79 in 2020. If a Sanders 2020 bid were successful, he would become the oldest person ever elected president of the United States.

Trump, 71, is currently the oldest person to be elected president in American history.

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