Faiz Shakir, a longtime adviser to Senator Bernie Sanders, told CBS News on Thursday that he believes the Vermont lawmaker will seriously consider running for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination if President Joe Biden does not run.
Shakir said, “I think he’ll give it a hard look.” “I don’t want to make the decision for him. Obviously, it will be his choice. But I think he’ll want to re-evaluate.”
Shakir said that Sanders, age 81, “is very aware that he is old now and he has to make a real decision about his own vigor and his stamina and his desire and hunger and passion to do this a third time.” . But if it was an open field? Yeah, I’m sure he’ll 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-class voters and young people in what he called a political “revolution”.
Shakir said Mr. Biden has repeatedly suggested he would seek re-election and said that as an advisor to Sanders he is not personally taking any steps to prepare for the scenario where Biden is not running .
Shakir told CBS News, “Personally, I take President Biden at his word and our class takes him at his word that he’s taking this seriously and believes he’s leaning toward yes.” “
Earlier this week, Shakir, who managed Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign and remains a top adviser to the senator, published an opinion piece in The New York Times arguing against the push by Mr. Biden and his allies. It sparked debate within the Democratic Party. Reshape the 2024 primary calendar by making the South Carolina primary the first ballot contest in the race.