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 HarrisHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit Biden's marijuana plan is out of step with public opinion MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Trump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats seek to tie GOP candidates to Trump, DeVos Democratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fauci 'aspirationally hopeful' of a vaccine by winter 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 BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Runoff elections in Texas, Alabama set for Tuesday Biden campaign slams White House attacks on Fauci as 'disgusting' Biden lets Trump be Trump MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten smog standards amid pressure from green groups | Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects| Russian mining giant reports another fuel spill in Arctic Biden lets Trump be Trump Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects MORE (I-Vt.), are also expected to join the race.

—Tess Bonn