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 HarrisButtigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message De Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Buttigieg condemns 'voices on Fox' for spreading 'fear' and 'lies' ahead of town hall appearance MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg jokes about holding town hall same night as 'Game of Thrones' finale Buttigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Warren offers to help Twitter user with her love life MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand says she would not detain immigrants De Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Gillibrand: 'President Trump has started a war on American women' 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 Robinette BidenButtigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now MORE (I-Vt.), are also expected to join the race.

—Tess Bonn