Campaign

Holder says he will make 2020 decision in coming weeks

Getty Images

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that he’ll make a decision on a possible 2020 Democratic presidential bid in the coming weeks.

“I’m going to decide if I’m going to try to find that space within the next month or so,” Holder told reporters after speaking at a voting rights event at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

{mosads}“I’m going to sit down with my family very soon and decide whether or not this is something we’re going to seek.”

Asked about a possible timeline for announcing a 2020 bid, Holder said he was looking at making a decision in the next few weeks.

“I’d say closer to three than four [weeks],” he said. “In my own mind, I have some dates.”

Holder, who served as the country’s top law enforcement official for six years under former President Obama, has maintained a public profile since leaving office in 2015.

The former attorney general said Tuesday that he has spoken to Obama about a possible presidential run, but did not provide any details about the discussion.

He currently serves as the chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), a group focusing on voting rights and redistricting issues.

If he enters the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Holder would join an already-crowded field of contenders that so far includes candidates, like Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).

Another former Obama administration official, former Vice President Joe Biden, is also considering a possible 2020 bid and is said to be nearing a decision.

Tags 2020 election Barack Obama Cory Booker Democratic primary Elizabeth Warren Eric Holder Eric Holder Joe Biden Joe Biden Kirsten Gillibrand

Most Popular

Load more

Video

See all Video