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 BennetMichael Bennet declared cancer-free, paving way for possible 2020 run License to discriminate: Religious exemption laws are trampling rights in rural America Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates 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.


The senator made headlines earlier this year when he blasted Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCornyn campaign, Patton Oswalt trade jabs over comedian's support for Senate candidate MJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid Liberal survey: Sanders cruising, Buttigieg rising 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Meghan McCain: Bernie Sanders supporting prisoners being able to vote 'bats**t insane' MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? K Street support to test Buttigieg MORE (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeOvernight Defense: 2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran deal | Trump appeals ruling on male-only draft | Kudlow claims Iran sanctions won't hike oil prices Castro wants to follow Obama's lead on balancing presidency with fatherhood Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds MORE (D-Texas), as well as former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).

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