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Trump thinks he could easily beat Sanders in 2020 match-up: report

The Hill logo The Hill 1/16/2018 Jacqueline Thomsen
a man smiling for the camera © Provided by The Hill President Trump has been saying that he could easily defeat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) if he challenged him in 2020, Politico reported Monday.

Trump has been speculating with aides and other Republicans about which Democrat will run against him for the presidency, but has dismissed Sanders as a viable candidate.

The president has said that Sanders, 76, won't have the energy for a second presidential bid, but that he could easily beat the Vermont independent if he decides to run again. Trump will be 74 at the time of the election.

Allies say Trump should be more concerned about a bid from Oprah Winfrey or former Vice President Joe Biden.

"What we can't let voters do is think they can get the same policies with someone they like better, like Joe Biden - someone who would fight for them but who doesn't have the crass edge," one former White House staffer told Politico. "I hope CNN has [New York Sen.] Kirsten Gillibrand on every minute of every day. Love it. Bring it. She's easy to destroy. If you're the president, or the RNC, you're more worried about someone who looks like Biden - someone who has more mainstream appeal, who blue-collar workers could identity with."

Trump has reportedly said that Sanders would run against him "even if he's in a wheelchair."

Sanders ran as a Democrat in 2016 but lost the party's nomination to Hillary Clinton.

However, after Clinton's surprise loss to Trump, some Democrats wondered whether Sanders could have defeated Trump instead.

Trump's campaign pollster is among those that said Sanders would have beat Trump in a general election.

Sanders is discussing whether or not to run again in 2020.

Winfrey has been the subject of presidential speculation following a passionate speech she gave at the Golden Globes on the subject of sexual misconduct.

"Oprah would be a problem: she'd be their best," one GOP strategist said. "She's ubiquitous, she's black, she has crossover appeal and she probably clears a lot of the field out."


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