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 HarrisGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 CNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina O'Rourke sees 'a lot of wisdom' in abolishing Electoral College MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery GOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 Warren introduces petition to end the Electoral College MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 Senate Dems petition Saudi king to release dissidents, US citizen Howard Schultz to be featured in Fox News town hall 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 BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenTrump: 'I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be' Poll: Biden rises to 8-point lead over Sanders among Democratic primary voters Andrew Yang draws crowd of 3,000 in San Francisco MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersAlan Dershowitz: In defense of Chelsea Clinton O'Rourke: Decisions on late-term abortions 'best left to a woman and her doctor' CNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina MORE (I-Vt.), are also expected to join the race.

—Tess Bonn