Michael Bennet is close to deciding on possible presidential bid

Michael Bennet is close to deciding on possible presidential bid
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Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate MORE (D-Colo.) is close to reaching a decision about a prospective presidential bid, with an announcement coming soon, The Denver Post reported Thursday, citing sources familiar with the plan.

A spokesperson for Bennet confirmed to The Hill on Friday that Bennet is considering running and will make a decision in a matter of weeks. 

The spokesperson also said in a statement that Bennet visited Iowa and New Hampshire in March while considering entering the race. 

Democratic sources told the newspaper that Bennet could announce his candidacy in less than a month.

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The senator made headlines earlier this year when he blasted Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control access face major obstacles Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz's dialogue shows common ground isn't just for moderates Ted Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists MORE (R-Texas) regarding the government shutdown in a Senate floor speech. He is considered a moderate. 

“We’re making progress towards a decision and encouraged by what we are seeing and hearing,” Craig Hughes, an adviser to Bennet, told the Post.

Colorado Public Radio reported in December that Bennet was thinking about running

"He believes that process begins by having an honest conversation about how we end the political dysfunction in Washington and fulfill our responsibility to the next generation," the spokesperson for Bennet said in the statement. 

If Bennet does enter the race, he'll have to compete with prominent politicians for the 2020 Democratic nomination, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersConfused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Biden leads in early voting states, followed by Warren, Sanders: poll MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers MORE (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Campaign dads fit fatherhood between presidential speeches MORE (D-Texas), as well as former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).

-- Updated March 22 at 1:40 p.m.