Dem strategist says party needs to have a 'robust primary' in 2020

Democratic strategist Kristen Hawn said on Monday that it would be healthy for the Democratic Party to have a "robust" 2020 primary field. 

"I think primaries are healthy. I think we need to have a robust Democratic primary," Hawn, a senior strategist at Agenda Global, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

"I am a more-the-merrier person. I think you come out of it better in the end, even though as a moderate Democrat, we have to run against people on the far left. It's challenging sometimes," she continued. 

"I think that you've got a lot of great people out there," she said. 

Hawn's comments come as speculation builds around what is expected to be a very crowded Democratic presidential primary. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Democrat: 'My DM's are open and I actually read & respond' Group of wealthy Americans write open letter asking to be taxed more Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution MORE (D-Mass.) announced last week she was forming a presidential exploratory committee, and took her first trip to Iowa since the announcement over the weekend. 

The New York Times reported on Sunday that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution Biden lays out immigration priorities, rips Trump for 'assault on dignity' MORE is slated to make a decision on 2020 within the next two weeks. 

Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerInslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren MORE (D-N.J.), and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCastro pushes back on O'Rourke criticism of plan to decriminalize border crossings Overnight Health Care: Key Trump drug pricing proposal takes step forward | Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic loses bid for license | 2020 Democrats to take part in Saturday forum on abortion rights Warren pledges to ban private prisons MORE (D-Texas) are among the other names that have been floated.

— Julia Manchester