Ro Khanna thinks Bernie Sanders should run for president in 2020

Rep. Ro Khanna

For months, freshman Rep. Ro Khanna‘s Twitter feed has morphed into a type of daily affirmation of his progressive credentials. At times the tone is similar to that of Stuart Smalley, the self-help character from Saturday Night Live created by future Sen. Al Franken.

I’m good enough. I’m progressive enough. And doggone it, people like me!

On Monday, Khanna’s avalanche of progressive declarations intended to market the first-term congressman as the new beacon of the far-left veered into an unsolicited presidential endorsement.

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Khanna told CNN on Monday that Sen. Bernie Sanders should run for president in 2020. He then tweeted the story.

“If you look at from the perspective of anyone in the past, if they come that close to the nomination, they’d almost be the de facto nominee the next time,” said Khanna. “I don’t think he should be anointed — we shouldn’t make the mistake of 2016 again — but absolutely he should run.”

Khanna’s statement contains parallels to his own political experience. After falling just a few percentage points short of defeating then-Rep. Mike Honda in 2014, he built upon the close result and won the rematch in 2016 in a blowout.

But unlike the youthful Khanna, Sanders would be 79-years-old on Election Day 2020. But, that’s okay.

Sanders, though, has rebuffed any talk about running again for president.