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 BidenPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat Joe Biden faces an uncertain path The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown 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 Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Democrats press Trump Treasury picks on donor disclosure guidelines Pennsylvania school district turns down local businessman's offer to pay off student lunch debts 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 ClyburnIsrael denies Omar and Tlaib entry after Trump tweet Democrats race across country to woo activists Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions MORE (D-S.C.).

“Probably the most well-known, popular Democrat,” Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinAmerica is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction Financial aid fraud is wrong — but overcorrection could hurt more students Democrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' 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 DurbinSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions To combat domestic terrorism, Congress must equip law enforcement to fight rise in white supremacist attacks 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 MurphyOvernight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces White House eyes September action plan for gun proposals Trump phoned Democratic senator to talk gun control 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 HarrisJoe Biden faces an uncertain path Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there' Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate MORE (D-Calif.), by 11 points.