The Hill's Reid Wilson: Senators now have 'national spotlight' to boost presidential prospects

The Hill campaign reporter Reid Wilson said on Tuesday that senators are using the national media to promote their presidential ambitions. 

"It used to be that a party would nominate a governor, and that governor would do well because he or she was outside of Washington and could talk about fomenting change in D.C.," Wilson told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"Now it's the U.S. senators who have that national spotlight, and get the media attention on Fox News, on MSNBC, on Hill.TV, and therefore get the attention of the activist class that is so coveted at this early point in that cycle," he continued. 

Wilson's comments come as speculation swirls around whether various high-profile senators, including Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCelebrities, lawmakers wear black to support Kavanaugh’s accuser Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Kamala Harris calls for Senate to protect Mueller probe as Rosenstein faces potential dismissal MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEx-White House official revises statement to Mueller after Flynn guilty plea: report CNN editor: Booker's 'groping incident' 'different' from Kavanaugh allegation Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandKamala Harris calls for Senate to protect Mueller probe as Rosenstein faces potential dismissal This week: Kavanaugh nomination thrown into further chaos Gillibrand calls for Kavanaugh nomination to be withdrawn MORE (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenCarbon tax could give liberals vast power to grow federal government Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her More Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren MORE (D-Mass.), will launch 2018 presidential bids. 

Harris and Booker, who both sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, found themselves in the national spotlight on Tuesday during the confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE's Supreme Court nominee.

The two senators joined other Democrats on the committee in trying to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation to give them time to examine thousands of recently released documents from his work under former President George W. Bush.

— Julia Manchester