Hickenlooper 'leaning' toward joining 2020 race in next few weeks

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) on Thursday said he is "leaning" toward running for president in 2020 and that he's looking to make a decision in the coming weeks.

“We’re certainly looking at it very closely and I think in the next few weeks we’re going to decide whether we're going to run in 2020, but I’d say we’re leaning in that direction,” Hickenlooper told Hill.TV’s Alexandra Oliveira.

Hickenlooper said he still has a “long list” of considerations to make before throwing his name into the mix, including the impact it would have on his family.

The former Colorado governor also acknowledged that he comes from a “fairly small state.” But Hickenlooper said if he does run, it won’t be for symbolic reasons — he wants to make sure that he has a real shot at becoming the next Democratic presidential nominee.

“We want to make sure if we’re going to go out and do this, we’ve got a chance to win — I’m not out there for symbolism,” he said.

Hickenlooper, who left office earlier this month, has long been weighing whether to make a bid for president.

The Associated Press reported that his campaign team has been conducting interviews and in the process of staffing up since September.

More recently, the former Colorado governor said during an interview with CNN that he hopes to make a decision on whether to run for president by March.

"We spent a lot of time working on it and, you know, we're trying to make sure we make the right decision once,” he told CNN’s Erin Burnett during an interview on Tuesday.

The 2020 Democratic primary is shaping up to be a competitive race, with more than dozen candidates poised to run.

So far, this includes Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisO'Rourke hits back at Buttigieg over criticism of his gun buyback proposal Warren leads Democratic field by 3 points in new national poll Analysis: Warren and Booker most cyber-aware 2020 candidates MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Feehery: Trump may be down, but he's not out yet MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand2020 Presidential Candidates Krystal Ball: Yang campaign a 'triumph of substance over the theatre' Three 2020 candidates have missed about half of Senate votes MORE (D-N.Y.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

Candidates considered to be among the top Democratic picks, such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill On The Money: Trump touts China trade deal | Wall Street, Washington see signs for caution | Trump threatens sanctions on Turkey | Sanders proposes sharp hike to corporate taxes MORE (I-Vt.), are also expected to join the race.

—Tess Bonn