Democrats eager to oust President Donald Trump in 2020 could pin their hopes on an eleventh-hour bid by former first lady Michelle Obama rather than the roughly two dozen candidates now in the mix, former White House strategist Steve Bannon suggested.

“I don’t see anybody that’s on this stage right now that can take President Trump one-on-one,” Bannon, a key player in Trump’s 2016 victory, said on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” Democrats whose No. 1 priority is beating Trump could find their best option with candidates who aren’t yet in the race, Bannon said.

“I’m not so sure his opponent has even declared yet. You’ve got to watch guys like Bloomberg, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama -- a whole raft of potentials,” Bannon said. “There’s a number of potential Democratic candidates still out there that could join this race.”

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, has already said he won’t run for president and reiterated that decision on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. Hillary Clinton, the 2016 nominee, said in March she has no plans to run again.

‘Zero Chance’
Obama, the wife of former President Barack Obama, also recently said there was “zero chance” she would make a bid for the White House.

But that hasn’t stopped Democrats from raising her name, or from flirting with the idea of a celebrity candidate from outside the world of politics, from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to TV personality Oprah Winfrey.

Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore recently called on Michelle Obama to run as the best hope for Democrats to beat Trump in 2020, saying the popular former first lady would “crush” the president.

“She is a beloved American, and she would go in there, and she would beat him,” Moore said on MSNBC. “She would beat him in the debates, he wouldn’t be able to bully her, he wouldn’t be able to nickname her.”

In a hypothetical match-up, 50% of likely U.S. voters would vote for Obama over Trump, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey in November. Winfrey had a 10-point edge over Trump in similar Rasmussen polling in January 2018.

Worries About Biden
Obama, 55, was named the world’s most admired woman in a 2019 YouGov survey, ahead of Winfrey and actress actress Angelina Jolie.

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