Biden likely to make decision on 2020 run within next two weeks: report

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The former vice president has been contacting supporters and allies over the last few weeks, the Times reported.

One Democrat he spoke to recently told the Times that Biden during a phone call said, “If you can persuade me there is somebody better who can win, I’m happy not to do it. But I don’t see the candidate who can clearly do what has to be done to win." 

This would be Biden's third White House bid. 

Biden has continually topped 2020 polls, often winning support from about a third of those surveyed, but skeptics say that polls this far out from elections often rely on name recognition.

The former vice president during an appearance in Montana last month said that he believes he is "the most qualified person in the country to be president." 

"I’ve been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have — even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right, but I know a great deal about it,” he said, according to CNN. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction Group aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Day 27 of the shutdown | Cohen reportedly paid company to rig online polls, boost his own image | Atlantic publishes ‘Impeach Donald Trump’ cover story MORE (D-Mass.) just before the new year became the first major Democratic name to announce that she is launching an exploratory committee, setting up a run for the presidency.

Other Democrats are expected to announce their intention to run over the next several months. The primary is likely to be crowded, with more than three dozen Democrats reportedly eyeing bids, according to the Times.