Delaware senator: Biden has told me 'he's all but certain he will run'

Delaware senator: Biden has told me 'he's all but certain he will run'
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Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsOil companies join blitz for carbon tax Mnuchin says carbon capture tax credit guidance will be out soon Mnuchin signals administration won't comply with subpoena for Trump tax returns MORE (D-Del.) on Wednesday said he is "confident" that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani meets with former Ukrainian diplomat to get info on Dems Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery MORE will run for president, saying Biden has said he is "all but certain" he will run.

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“He’s told me that he is all but certain he's going to run,” Coons said on CNN's "New Day." "He's feeling very optimistic about the prospects and is preparing for a run, but has not made that final decision. I expect that soon."

“I’m confident he’s gonna run for president," Coons added. "He’s 95 percent there and everything that needs to be in place for him to have a strong and successful launch is being put together.” 

 

Biden has long considered a 2020 presidential bid.

If he does decide to run, he'll be joining a Democratic field that includes a number of high-profile hopefuls including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Mass.).

Polls have consistently labeled Biden and Sanders as front-runners despite Biden not yet launching an official bid.

Biden told a crowd Tuesday at the International Association of Fire Fighters to conserve their energy because he "may need it in a few weeks.”

He also told a House Democrat on the phone that he was "giving it a shot,” which the Democrat took to mean he was running, The Hill reported Tuesday. 

Biden spokesman Bill Russo disputed the Democrat's statement, telling The Hill, “He has not made a final decision. No change.”