Sanders, Warren Possibly Jockeying For ‘24 Position

A high-profile pair of progressive Democrats who stepped back and supported Joe Biden’s nomination in 2020 are beginning to cause a stir within the party about their intentions in 2024.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) have not thrown their hats into the ring, and Biden reportedly told former President Barack Obama recently that he will run again. But with near-historic low approval ratings and worries within the party of a seismic shift in power come November, the two liberals are drawing new attention.

Just last week, former Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir responded to a hypothetical question from a supporter of the senator with a memo that reverberated through Democratic powerbrokers. Shakir said that, if the 2024 party primary is “open,” Sanders “has not ruled out another run for president.”

Sanders is a veteran of two presidential campaigns, falling short of Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Biden two years ago. And while he has declared it is “very, very unlikely” that he will run again, the unrest in the progressive wing of the party may open a door too tempting not to walk through.

For the record, on Inauguration Day 2025 Sanders will be 83, Biden 82, and Warren 75.

Democrats have seen the Biden administration repeatedly come up short in pursuit of their agenda. From Build Back Better and federal voting rights legislation to student loan forgiveness, their priorities for various reasons have not taken root in his presidency.

Observers note that Sanders has increased his appearances on cable news shows as he endorses the programs that brought voters out in support of Biden but have not become reality. He also stood front and center with his criticism of party moderates Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona for impeding the administration’s agenda.

As for Warren, the Massachusetts liberal wrote an op-ed for the New York Times last week beseeching Biden to double down on his promises between now and November. If the party’s agenda is not realized by November, she wrote, “Democrats are headed toward big losses.”

Some progressives further note that Warren has weighed in on several races this year, endorsing candidates and raising her profile in multiple states.

While neither progressive has publicly opposed the president and the Sanders memo qualified his interest as depending on an “open” primary, it is noteworthy that party insiders see both he and Warren positioning themselves. If Biden for whatever reason is not on the 2024 ticket, to borrow his own words, Republicans would be lucky to face either of those two for the White House.