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 BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenMcAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Trump says he'd like to run against Buttigieg 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Health Care: DOJ charges doctors over illegal opioid prescriptions | Cummings accuses GOP of obstructing drug pricing probe | Sanders courts Republican voters with 'Medicare for All' | Dems probe funding of anti-abortion group Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms 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.

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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 Devi HarrisEx-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Pollster says Trump's approval rating in 2020 will be impacted by Dem nominee 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Defense: Reports detail effect of transgender military ban | Watchdog auditing 8 billion submarine program | Warren questions top general on climate change Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE (D-N.J.), among others, in the primary race.