Michael Bennet is close to deciding on possible presidential bid

Greg Nash

Sen. Michael Bennet (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.

{mosads}The senator made headlines earlier this year when he blasted Sen. Ted Cruz (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 Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), as well as former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).

— Updated March 22 at 1:40 p.m.

Tags 2020 election Bernie Sanders Beto O'Rourke Democratic primary Michael Bennet Michael Bennet Ted Cruz

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