Sanders to Colbert: 'You will be my vice presidential candidate!'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) jokingly told CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert that he would be his vice presidential pick if he decided to run for president in 2020.

Sanders, 77, praised other possible Democratic candidates including the congressman who captured national attention for his ultimately failed run against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas).

“What do you think of Beto O’Rourke?” asked Colbert.


“I think he ran a very, very good grassroots campaign in Texas,” Sanders responded. “I think [Massachusetts Sen.] Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE is a wonderful, good, dear friend of mine, and there are a number of others, [New Jersey Sen.] Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE is a good friend of mine. We work together on many, many issues.”

“One has to try to be objective, not subjective, and say, ‘OK, do I think I can be the best candidate in helping to turn the country around and helping defeat Trump?’ That’s where we are right now.”

“OK, so you’re running?” asked Colbert.

“And you will be my vice presidential candidate!” Sanders exclaimed to cheers from “The Late Show’s” New York studio audience.

Earlier in the interview, Sanders said running for the highest office in the land can be a “difficult decision for one’s family,”

“I know you’re not going to answer the question so I’m not going to ask you if you’re running in 2020. So don’t make me ask it, just tell me,” Colbert said to Sanders, who ran for the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.

“The answer is, look, when you run for president of the United States, especially in this ugly political world that we live in right now, it is a very difficult decision for one’s family,” Sanders replied.

“And what I am looking at very hard right now is trying to — and there are some really good people out there, many personal friends of mine, who are thinking about running as well — and I’m trying to ascertain, quite honestly, going beyond ego, A, which candidate has the best chance to beat Trump and, B, which candidate’s ideas can most turn this country around so that we have a government that works for all of us and not just the people on top.”

Sanders ran an unexpectedly strong race against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE in 2016, capturing 1,846 delegates to her 2,205. The former secretary of State won more superdelegates, however, 602 to 48. 

The Democratic Party has since faced considerable backlash regarding the power of superdelegates after an outcry from Sanders supporters. 

In June, a Democratic National Committee panel moved forward with a proposal limiting the power of superdelegates in picking future presidential nominees. 

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