Faiz Shakir, the longtime adviser to Senator Bernie Sanders, informed CBS News on Thursday that he believes the Vermont lawmaker will critically take into account a bid for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination if President Joe Biden doesn’t run.
“I assume that he would give it a hard look,” Shakir mentioned. “I don’t want to make the judgment for him. Obviously, it would be his choice to make. But I assume that he would want to reevaluate it.”
Shakir added, that Sanders, age 81, is “very aware that he’s older now and he’d have to make a real judgment about his own vigor and his stamina and his desire and hunger and passion to do this a third time. But if it were an open field? Yeah, I’m confident he would take another look at it and say, ‘Do I want to do this or not?'”
Sanders sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and 2020, urging Democrats to rally working voters and younger individuals for what he referred to as a political “revolution.”
Shakir famous that Mr. Biden has repeatedly prompt that he would run for reelection and mentioned that he, as an adviser to Sanders, shouldn’t be personally taking any steps to arrange for situation the place Biden doesn’t run.
“Personally, I take President Biden at his word and our orbit takes him at his word that he’s taking it seriously and presume that he is leaning toward yes,” Shakir informed CBS News.
Earlier this week, Shakir, who managed Sanders’ 2020 presidential marketing campaign and stays a prime adviser to the senator, stirred debate contained in the Democratic Party after publishing an opinion piece in The New York Times arguing towards the push by Mr. Biden and his allies to revamp the 2024 major calendar by making the South Carolina major the primary voting contest within the race.