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 WarrenBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument 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 lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument Budowsky: Donald, Boris, Bibi — The right in retreat MORE is slated to make a decision on 2020 within the next two weeks. 

Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity CNN announces details for LGBTQ town hall MORE (D-N.J.), and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll CNN announces details for LGBTQ town hall Manchin: 'Beto O'Rourke is not taking my guns away from me' MORE (D-Texas) are among the other names that have been floated.

— Julia Manchester