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 BennetDemocrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Five things being discussed for a new coronavirus relief bill Cyber threats spike during coronavirus pandemic 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 CruzOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves Florida sheriff asks for new leads in disappearance of Carole Baskin's former husband after Netflix's 'Tiger King' drops 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 SandersCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Cuomo's been good, but he's not going to be the Democratic nominee Does Joe Biden really want to be president? MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWhy Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden Enlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke slams Texas official who suggested grandparents risk their lives for economy during pandemic Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate MORE (D-Texas), as well as former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).

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