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 CoonsCentrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Bill Gates visits Capitol to discuss climate change with new Senate caucus The Memo: ISIS leader's death is no game-changer for Trump MORE (D-Del.) on Wednesday said he is "confident" that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Juan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete 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 SandersJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Women who inspired 'Hidden Figures' film will be honored with congressional gold medals MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race 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.”