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Joe Biden is reportedly '95 percent committed' to running in 2020

Don't expect a 2020 announcement from former Vice President Joe Biden for at least a few more weeks.

Biden at this point is "95 percent committed" to running for president, his strategist has been telling Democrats, The New York Times reports. But his announcement is not expected to come until early April.

Biden said in early January he would decide "soon," but a final decision seems to have been delayed again and again. The Times reports Biden first planned to make a decision at the end of 2018, then in January, and then in March.

So what's the holdup? With approval from loved ones in hand, it reportedly comes down to Biden being "uncertain about his place in the 2020 Democratic primary" and worried about his family being subject to vicious attacks during the election. The former vice president said during an event last week he needs to decide "whether or not I am comfortable taking the family through what would be a very, very difficult campaign."