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 BidenNew York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Graham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications 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 CaseyThe US needs to lead again on disability rights No one wins with pro-abortion litmus test New ObamaCare enrollment period faces Trump headwinds 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 ClyburnTop Democrat: 'Obstruction of justice' is 'too clear not to include' in impeachment probe GOP senator blasts Dem bills on 'opportunity zones' Harris: Suggestion that older African Americans are homophobic 'just nonsense' MORE (D-S.C.).

“Probably the most well-known, popular Democrat,” Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinDemocrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism The Secure Act makes critical reforms to our retirement system — let's pass it this year Lawmakers honor JFK on 56th anniversary of his death 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 DurbinSunday Talk Shows: Lawmakers look ahead to House vote on articles of impeachment, Senate trial Lawmakers introduce bill taxing e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaigns Senators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report 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 MurphyRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy On The Money: Trump, China announce 'Phase One' trade deal | Supreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records | House panel schedules hearing, vote on new NAFTA deal Schumer: Trump 'sold out' on China trade deal 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 HarrisBooker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Sanders revokes congressional endorsement for Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 Democrats trading jabs ahead of Los Angeles debate MORE (D-Calif.), by 11 points.