Speed Reads


2 more Democrats are on the verge of announcing 2020 bids

Two more Democrats look set to enter the increasingly crowded 2020 field in the coming days.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, is planning to announce he's running for president next week with a focus on gun control, The Atlantic reported on Thursday. He'll reportedly do so during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Swalwell has also partnered with Cameron Kasky, a survvor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, for a town hall next week.

But another Democrat may join the field even sooner than that, as Fox News is reporting that Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a moderate who in 2016 unsuccessfully challenged Nancy Pelosi for party leader, will announce his plans to run for president on The View on Thursday. He'll reportedly then make the announcement official at a Youngstown rally on Saturday, where organized labor leaders have been invited.

These are just two Democrats expected to make announcements imminently, but there's plenty more to come. Of course, former Vice President Joe Biden is still expected to enter the race, and he teased news in a recent video addressing complaints of inappropriate physical contact, saying, "In the coming month, I expect to be talking to you about a whole lot of issues." South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has also teased a "special announcement" on April 14, which is likely his decision to officially launch his campaign after having formed an exploratory committee.

There's at least one Democrat who is considering running but holding off on an announcement, though: Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for Georgia governor in 2018. Abrams told Morning Joe on Thursday that although she is considering joining the race, "I don’t believe there is an imperative to do so before September.”