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Sanders, 76, a self-identified, was born in Brooklyn before relocating to his current home of Vermont. After running for various public offices in the 1970s as a member of the anti-war , Sanders won election as Mayor of in 1981, serving three successive terms. In 1990, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives as an Independent, serving for 16 years before winning election to the U.S. Senate, again as an Independent. During his , Sanders garnered grassroots support, finishing second at the to Hillary Clinton, whose husband, former President Bill Clinton, administered de Blasio’s oath for Mayor in 2014.
Sanders’ 2016 performance and ensuing popularity within the Democratic Party has led to speculation about his plans in 2020. According to, Sanders is taking steps toward a 2020 run. Referencing Sanders’ advanced age, incumbent President Donald Trump, who has already announced plans to run for re-election in 2020, said he expects Sanders to run “even if he’s in a wheelchair.”
News outlets have also speculated about de Blasio’s 2020 prospects. Last week, de Blasio delivered a speech in thestate of Iowa, prompting publications such as and to discuss whether the speech, delivered before about 200 progressive activists in concerning the direction of the Democratic Party, was a way for de Blasio to test the waters for a potential run. De Blasio himself has denied he is running for President, though speculation persists.
Congressmanof Maryland is currently the only prominent Democrat officially running for President. Senators of Massachusetts and of New York are also expected to run.