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 CoonsMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Dem senator: 'Appropriate' for Barr, Mueller to testify publicly about Russia probe Coons after Russia probe: House Dems need to use power in 'focused and responsible way' MORE (D-Del.) on Wednesday said he is "confident" that former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Former Georgia candidate asks Abrams be given 'space' amid 2020 buzz Biden team denies 'pre-cooked plan' of Abrams as early running-mate pick 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris to pitch using federal funds to give teachers pay raises Dem senator: 'Appropriate' for Barr, Mueller to testify publicly about Russia probe Here's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release 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.”