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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 CoonsChris Andrew CoonsRomney calls for Senate to pass sanctions on Putin over Navalny poisoning Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster Security concerns mount ahead of Biden inauguration MORE (D-Del.) on Wednesday said he is "confident" that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia 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 SandersThe Memo: Trump leaves changed nation in his wake Cori Bush dismisses concerns of being 'co-opted' by establishment The Memo: Biden prepares for sea of challenges MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisScalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration McConnell, Schumer fail to cut power-sharing deal amid filibuster snag Howard University's marching band to escort Harris at inauguration MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden pick for Pentagon cruises through confirmation hearing Senate Democrats call on Biden to immediately invoke Defense Production Act Biden consumer bureau pick could take over agency on Inauguration Day 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.”