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 HarrisSan Francisco police union calls on chief to resign over journalist raid Robert Smith's gift to Morehouse graduates and its meaning for education, especially black colleges Teflon Joe? Biden brushes off attacks MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats jockey over surging college costs Whip list: Who's clinched a spot in the 2020 Democratic debates 2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDemocratic groups gear up to use abortion rights as attack on GOP in 2020 2020 Democrats jockey over surging college costs Whip list: Who's clinched a spot in the 2020 Democratic debates MORE (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenMillions of taxpayer dollars fueled Bernie Sanders to wealth success Robert Smith's gift to Morehouse graduates and its meaning for education, especially black colleges Teflon Joe? Biden brushes off attacks 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 TrumpDemocrats claim victory as Trump gets battered in court Juan Williams: Anti-abortion extremism is on the rise Trump feels squeeze in tax return fight 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