MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Former vice president and 1984 democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale is reportedly considering a bid for president in the 2020 election in an effort to stop Bernie Sanders from becoming the democratic party nominee.
According to sources, Mondale was overheard by reporters as he spoke on the phone saying “call me fucking delusional, but I’m worried that Bernie’s going to pull this off. What would it take, I mean, from a fundraising and logistics standpoint, for me to enter?”
The 92 year old former vice president was badly defeated in the 1984 election, winning only 13 electoral votes to incumbent republican president Ronald Reagan’s 525 electoral votes.
The 2020 democratic primary has seen the entry of a record-setting 29 candidates, and as of February 2nd, all but eleven have dropped out. Democratic party insiders feel that none of the remaining candidates have enough support to decisively beat Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who’s leading in many early primary polls.
“We’re really getting down to the wire if we want to preserve the democratic party,” said Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden, adding “we can’t allow voters to hijack the party by nominating someone like Bernie Sanders. We’re ready to pull out all the stops to circumvent the will of the people.”
Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez has recently raised the prospect of changing the nominating convention rules to allow only Superdelegates to participate in first round voting, introducing pledged delegates only in the event of a tie. “We lead with our values,” explained Perez, who continued “and Walter Mondale might just be the best candidate to unify the party and bring Americans together.”
As of press time, BeetPress has confirmed that Walter Mondale, Mike Dukakis, John Kerry, and Al Gore have all announced presidential bids.