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 BennetThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Bennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever 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 CruzHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Lawmakers condemn Apple, Activision Blizzard over censorship of Hong Kong protesters The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's impeachment jeopardy deepens 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 SandersSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers Biden seeks to fundraise off fact he's running out of money MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris campaign releases web video highlighting opposition to death penalty Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Biden seeks to fundraise off fact he's running out of money MORE (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSuper PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang Krystal Ball rips media for going 'all-in' on Buttigieg's debate performance The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges MORE (D-Texas), as well as former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).

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