Feinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general This week: Democrats, White House set for infrastructure, budget talks MORE (D-Calif.) says she thinks 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 will run for president in 2020. 

Feinstein met with Biden Thursday as the former six-term Delaware senator considers entering an already crowded Democratic primary field.


“Oh, yes,” the California Democrat told CNN Thursday when asked if she thought Biden would run, though she clarified that he did not definitively tell her either way.

Sources familiar with Biden’s plans also told The Hill that he is almost certain to jump into the race and has been calling on party donors for help leading up to his campaign announcement.

Whether or not Biden will throw his hat into the ring has been one of the largest questions looming over a Democratic primary field that already includes high-profile candidates including Sens. 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.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign T.I., Charlamagne Tha God advocate for opportunity zones on Capitol Hill MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers Fox News contributor Campos-Duffy compares abortion to slavery 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (D-N.Y.).

Some analysts told The Hill that Biden would likely angle his campaign’s appeal toward blue-collar workers in the Rust Belt and a more traditional Democratic base over the progressive voters whose support several other candidates are trying to win. He’s remained popular among Democrats since his time in the Obama White House and consistently performs well in national and statewide polls. 

Feinstein said she would likely support Biden, possibly over fellow Californian Harris. 

“He made me the first woman on the Judiciary Committee 26 years ago, and I’ve never forgotten it,” Feinstein said, referring to Biden’s tenure leading the panel. “I’ve known him, I’ve worked with him and it’s just a logical step for me.”