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 BidenButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Ocasio-Cortez starts petition to repeal Hyde Amendment 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 SandersButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' The generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party 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 HarrisThe generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' O'Rourke unveils plan to support women, minority-owned businesses MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party Booker, O'Rourke, Buttigieg rally with striking McDonald's workers in South Carolina Booker, O'Rourke, Buttigieg rally with striking McDonald's workers in South Carolina MORE (D-N.J.), among others, in the primary race.