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 WarrenKrystal Ball: Elites have chosen Warren as The One; Lauren Claffey: Is AOC wrong about the Electoral College? Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona McConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster 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 BidenJoe BidenSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Giuliani says he discussed Biden with Ukrainian official MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 candidates have the chance to embrace smarter education policies Bernie Sanders Adviser talks criminal justice reform proposal, 'Medicare for All' plan Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona MORE (I-Vt.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Defense: Two US service members killed in Afghanistan | Trump calls on other nations to take up fight against ISIS | Pentagon scraps billion-dollar missile defense program ABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill MORE (D-Minn.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Rising Warren faces uphill climb with black voters Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Defense: Two US service members killed in Afghanistan | Trump calls on other nations to take up fight against ISIS | Pentagon scraps billion-dollar missile defense program ABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate Sanders targets gig economy as part of new labor plan MORE (D-N.J.) — thought to be considering their own bids. 

Updated at 7:01 p.m.