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 WarrenSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Gillibrand uses Trump Jr. tweet to fundraise 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 BidenBiden slams Trump immigration policies: 'It’s about xenophobia' GOP pollster says Michelle Obama one of Democrats' best surrogates Meghan McCain: 'Don't underestimate' Bernie Sanders MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Gillibrand uses Trump Jr. tweet to fundraise MORE (I-Vt.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharThe Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Gillibrand uses Trump Jr. tweet to fundraise Trump: Bernie Sanders 'missed his time' for White House MORE (D-Minn.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Gillibrand uses Trump Jr. tweet to fundraise MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day Gillibrand uses Trump Jr. tweet to fundraise Trump: Bernie Sanders 'missed his time' for White House MORE (D-N.J.) — thought to be considering their own bids. 

Updated at 7:01 p.m.