Biden tells supporters he's planning to run for president: report

Biden tells supporters he's planning to run for president: report
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP report on COVID-19 origins homes in on lab leak theory READ: The .2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE reached out to several supporters Tuesday saying he intends to run for president in 2020, according to a new report.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Biden told his supporters that he was worried he would be unable to raise large sums of money in the hours following his announcement. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Bipartisan infrastructure win shows Democrats must continue working across the aisle 'The land is us' — Tribal activist turns from Keystone XL to Line 3 MORE (I-Vt.), both of whom are running for president, raised eyebrows when they announced they had raised $6.1 million and $5.9 million, respectively, in the first 24 hours of their campaigns.


A Biden spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

The Journal reported that a source said Biden told supporters Tuesday that he feels he needs to put up strong numbers immediately after his announcement as an indicator of his overall strength as a candidate. The source said he is mulling setting up an exploratory committee sometime after Easter.

Sources have told The Hill that Biden is almost certain to enter an already crowded Democratic presidential primary field, though he has yet to make his candidacy official. 

“I have the most progressive record of anybody running for,” he said this weekend before rephrasing to “anybody who would run” for president.

However, Biden has received criticism from what he called the “new left” for not being progressive enough on key issues such as health care and immigration.

The former vice president, who has already run for president twice, likely would run in a more establishment lane than several other primary contestants who are angling their appeals toward the party’s progressive wing. 

Should he jump in, Biden would join Sanders, O’Rourke, and Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - CDC equates Delta to chickenpox in contagiousness Harris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCalifornia Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory BookerWomen urge tech giants to innovate on office return Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines MORE (D-N.J.), among others, in the primary race.