Gillibrand to kickstart 2020 White House bid before weekend Iowa trip

Gillibrand to kickstart 2020 White House bid before weekend Iowa trip
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is expected to announce this week that she is forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid, according to a source familiar with the plans.

The move would represent a formal step toward seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. Gillibrand would join Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina Poll: Buttigieg surges into contention with Biden, Sanders MORE (D-Mass.) as the second Democratic senator to announce forming an exploratory committee.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro also officially launched his White House bid on Saturday.

Plans for an announcement from Gillibrand this week were first reported by The Associated Press on Monday, which cited sources familiar with her plans.

CBS News reported Gillibrand would likely announce the formation of the exploratory committee during a scheduled appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday.

The news comes after BuzzFeed News reported that Gillibrand signaled in a meeting with about 20 influential women on Saturday that she will seek the presidency.

Speculation about a 2020 bid has surrounded Gillibrand for months. She told CNN in December that she was "definitely" thinking about running.

The Democratic primary field is likely to be especially crowded in 2020, with a range of other high-profile politicians — including former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenButtigieg says he wouldn't be opposed to having Phish play at his inauguration Poll: Buttigieg surges into contention with Biden, Sanders Buttigieg to fundraise in DC with major Obama, Clinton bundlers next month: report MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersButtigieg says he wouldn't be opposed to having Phish play at his inauguration Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina Poll: Buttigieg surges into contention with Biden, Sanders MORE (I-Vt.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina Telehealth is calling — will Congress pick up? 2020 Dems call on Mueller to testify about redacted report MORE (D-Minn.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris: Integrity of US justice system 'took a real blow' with Barr's actions Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina Poll: Buttigieg surges into contention with Biden, Sanders MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerButtigieg says he wouldn't be opposed to having Phish play at his inauguration Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina Buttigieg to fundraise in DC with major Obama, Clinton bundlers next month: report MORE (D-N.J.) — thought to be considering their own bids. 

Updated at 7:01 p.m.