Biden speaking to Dems on Capitol Hill as 2020 speculation mounts: report

Biden speaking to Dems on Capitol Hill as 2020 speculation mounts: report
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Castro swears off donations from oil, gas, coal executives Meghan McCain on Pelosi-Trump feud: 'Put this crap aside' and 'work together for America' MORE has reportedly spoken with multiple allies on Capitol Hill in recent weeks as he considers whether to join a growing crowd of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders.

Politico reports that Biden has had calls with a number of Democrats, including Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick Casey2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Why Congress needs to bring back tax deduction for worker expenses Biden cements spot as 2020 front-runner MORE Jr. (D-Pa.).

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Biden has talked to at least five senators about a potential 2020 bid since the beginning of January, the news outlet reports, and has been in regular contact with the majority whip in the House, Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnDems want climate change, tax hikes in infrastructure deal New Mexico Dems brace for crowded race to succeed Udall Democrats hurting themselves with handling of Ilhan Omar controversy MORE (D-S.C.).

“Probably the most well-known, popular Democrat,” Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinHouse votes to boost retirement savings On The Money: GOP angst grows over Trump's trade war | Trump promises help for 'Patriot Farmers' | Markets rebound | CBO founding director Alice Rivlin dies | Senate to vote on disaster aid bill next week Senators offer bipartisan retirement savings bill MORE (D-Md.) told Politico of Biden. “I don’t [know] if anyone is more qualified or has a better understanding of the role of the president than Joe Biden.”

Illinois Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThreat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Senate Democrats request watchdog, Red Cross probe DHS detention facilities Iraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran MORE (D) confirmed that he speaks with Biden regularly, adding that he wouldn't "rule out" the possibility of the former vice president entering the race.

“I wouldn’t rule it out,” Durbin told Politico. “Every month or so, I get a phone call from him. He speaks in a very general way about weighing the options."

“There’s clearly a lane for him," added Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Overnight Defense: Details on Senate's 0B defense bill | Bill rejects Trump plan to skirt budget caps | Backfills money for border wall | Defense chief says more troops could head to Mideast Dem senator plans amendment to restrict military action against Iran MORE (D-Conn.), according to the report. "He’s one of the most beloved figures in the party, one of the best known, one of the most popular, with a lot of friends here.”

The former vice president has hinted about the possibility of a 2020 run for months, but has not yet made a public announcement.

Recent polling shows Biden atop a field of potential 2020 Democratic candidates in Iowa, leading his closest competitor, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCastro swears off donations from oil, gas, coal executives Harris leads California Democrats in condemning HUD immigrant housing policy Billionaire's M gift to Morehouse grads points way to student debt solution MORE (D-Calif.), by 11 points.