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 BidenHouse passes 8B defense policy bill House approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike Senate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale 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 CaseySenators urging federal investigation into Liberty University's handling of sexual assault claims Crucial talks on Biden agenda enter homestretch Senate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents 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 ClyburnThe Democrats' three-legged stool Lobbying world Sunday shows - Biden officials look to social spending package after infrastructure's passage MORE (D-S.C.).

“Probably the most well-known, popular Democrat,” Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinOvernight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff Senators propose sanctions against Iran over alleged plot to kidnap US journalist 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 DurbinDick DurbinDemocrats seek to avoid internal disputes over Russia and China Schumer steps on the gas to move Biden agenda Demand Justice launches ad campaign backing Biden nominee who drew GOP pushback 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 MurphyFive things to know about Russia's troop buildup near Ukraine  Senate Democrat says he will 'settle' for less aggressive gun control reform 'because that will save lives' Ernst on Russian buildup on Ukraine border: 'We must prepare for the worst' 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 HarrisHarris talks maternal health with Olympian Allyson Felix CDFIs have proven they're the right tool to help small business, let's give them what they need to do the job The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Omicron tests vaccines; Bob Dole dies at 98 MORE (D-Calif.), by 11 points.