The Democratic National Committee (DNC) will reportedly meet with the field of 2020 presidential candidates next week and intends to ask them to “certify they will run and serve as members of the Democratic Party,” according to CNN.
The announcement by the DNC came on the heels of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) launching his presidential campaign and is a clear shot at Sanders, who famously sought the party’s nomination in 2016 despite not identifying as Democrat.
DNC members passed a new rule last August, which was seen as a response to the Sanders campaign, requiring all candidates “to affirm in writing” that they “are a member of the Democratic Party, will accept the Democratic nomination; will run and serve as a member of the Democratic Party.”
“The DNC will present presidential campaigns that have currently announced their candidacy or the creation of an exploratory committee, with the rules and other materials next week at a briefing and this will include the candidate affirmation form,” a DNC official told CNN. “As any additional candidates enter the race, they will be provided with the same information and will be required to return the form in the same time frame.”
It is unclear if Sanders will sign the declaration or what the repercussions would be if a candidate refused to comply.
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