Mayor Bill de Blasio heaped praise on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) amid reports that he is considering running for president for the second time in 2020.
Sanders, 76, has not yet made a decision as to whether he is running for president but reportedly assembled his political advisors in Washington, D.C. over the weekend for a meeting in which the topic of a possible 2020 presidential bid was discussed, according to POLITICO.
Sanders, who ran as an outsider candidate, focused on issues such as getting money out of politics, free public college tuition and a single-payer health care system in his presidential campaign platform.
Earlier this month, Sanders swore de Blasio in at his second inauguration ceremony.
“From the bottom of my heart, the American political process will never be the same because of what you started,” de Blasio said on Sanders’ The Bernie Sanders Show on Thursday afternoon.
During his appearance, de Blasio said being a progressive mayor in the Trump era in 2018 means there’s a “world of possibilities,” which he described as ironic.
“I think the election of Donald Trump was not the essence of what happened in 2015 and 2016,” he said. “I think what was happening already, since the Occupy Wall Street movement and manifesting all over the country locally—including in places like New York City and culminated in your [Sanders’] campaign—was obvious movement for progressive change. I fundamentally believe we’re entering a new progressive era.”
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