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July 8, 2019

Believe it or not, the field of 2020 Democrats may be about to grow even larger.

Liberal billionaire and impeachment advocate Tom Steyer is reportedly on the verge of announcing a White House bid, having privately told staffers and friends in recent weeks that he plans to run, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Politico report.

This would be a reversal for Steyer, who announced in early January he would not run for president, although he did hedge that he had decided not to do so "at this time," The New York Times reports. Instead, Steyer, who has lobbied for the impeachment of President Trump and has spent millions of dollars on pro-impeachment TV ads, said that he would "do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to remove a president."

The Post reports that Steyer's decision comes as he has "grown dissatisfied" with the field of 2020 Democrats. An announcement could be imminent, as The Atlantic reports that Steyer told staffers he'll officially throw his hat into the ring on Tuesday, although this report notes that since Steyer previously changed his mind about running at the last moment, that's hardly a sure bet. Brendan Morrow

April 4, 2019

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), a close ally of President Trump, is reportedly weighing a Senate run.

The Florida Republican has told his colleagues he is considering moving to Alabama to run for Senate in 2020, The Hill reports. Gaetz would be seeking to challenge Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), the Democrat who in 2017 defeated Roy Moore in a close special election.

According to this report, "people in Trump's orbit" have been encouraging Gaetz to run in the election, noting that in Alabama, you only have to be a resident of the state for a single day before running for Senate.

Gaetz has become a controversial figure for numerous reasons, including his tweet in February seeming to threaten former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen before his congressional testimony. Gaetz wrote to Cohen, "Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she'll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She's about to learn a lot..." Gaetz later apologized for the tweet and said he didn't mean it to be threatening. The New York Times recently described Gaetz "a congressman liberals love to loathe."

Gaetz confirmed to The Hill on Thursday that "a few people" have mentioned to him that Alabama has short residency laws, but he said this is "not something I've looked at myself," saying his "most likely" path is re-election in the House.

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) is already running for Jones' seat, and Moore, who during the 2017 Senate race was accused of sexually assaulting or pursuing underage girls, has expressed interest in challenging Jones again, saying last month that he is "seriously considering" it. Brendan Morrow

December 4, 2018

Former Vice President Joe Biden couldn't possibly sound more like he's running for president without literally uttering the words "I'm running for president."

At the University of Montana on Monday night, Biden said he believes he is "the most qualified person in the country to be president" because "the issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I've worked on my whole life," reports CNN.

Biden went on to say that even his critics would "acknowledge" that he knows "a great deal" about the problems plaguing the nation, especially "relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy."

That might all sound like Biden is just seconds away from announcing his 2020 bid, but he stopped short of doing so, saying he has to make the decision with his family and that he'll do so in the next few weeks. "We've got to figure out whether or not this is something we can all do as a family," he said.

When a moderator raised some of the potential concerns about Biden running, including that he would be 78 years old when he took the oath of office and that he's a "gaffe machine," Biden said "none" of these potential liabilities concerns him. "I'm ready to litigate all those things," he said. "The question is what kind of nation are we becoming? What are we going to do? Who are we?"

With talk like this from Biden, who currently leads in 2020 Democratic primary polls, don't bet against seeing him throw his hat in the ring. Brendan Morrow

October 25, 2018

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) appears to be even more disappointed with President Trump than usual.

Kasich told CNN Thursday that in light of Trump's response to the multiple explosives mailed to prominent Democrats and to CNN's New York newsroom, the president doesn't seem to be "capable of being a unifier" and "doesn't know how to accept personal responsibility." The governor, who did not endorse Trump in 2016 or vote for him, was particularly upset that the president had in a tweet placed blame on the media, even though a major media organization received one of the explosive devices.

Kasich suggested Trump take responsibility for his rhetoric. "You rev people up, and what happens?" Kasich said. "Somebody out there who's unstable does something crazy." Kasich did say that Democrats also share some blame for stoking violence but noted that Trump "has the largest megaphone."

During the interview, Kasich also criticized Trump's language regarding the caravan of Central American migrants making its way north, saying Americans should empathize with these migrants because "it could easily have been all of us" in their place "trying to save our families and save our children." Kasich added that "we've got to start putting ourselves in the shoes of other people."

Kasich, whose term ends in January, was asked if he would challenge Trump in 2020, and he did not rule out the possibility, although he said he's still evaluating his next steps. "All options are on the table," he said. Watch a portion of Kasich's interview below. Brendan Morrow

October 9, 2018

It didn't work out so well the first time, but John Kerry might be preparing to challenge yet another incumbent Republican president in 2020.

The former secretary of state and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee recently spoke with Politico, and it certainly sounded like he's weighing a presidential run. In the interview, Kerry helpfully pointed out that he's only run (and lost) one time. “I've only done it once, unlike a lot of people who've been out there, and came pretty close," Kerry said, referencing his 286-251 electoral vote loss to President George W. Bush. When asked specifically if he's going to run in 2020, Kerry gave pretty much the answer you'd expect from a guy who is seriously considering it, saying he hasn't "eliminated anything in my life."

Kerry, who is campaigning for Democrats in the 2018 midterms, also told Politico that he's "engaged, man." Looking ahead to 2020, Kerry said it won't be "a year for total newness" because voters will want someone with experience, which very conveniently sounds a lot like a pitch for his own candidacy. As Politico points out, experience was precisely what Kerry campaigned on in the 2004 Democratic primaries. But Kerry also inadvertently reminded readers of one drawback of his candidacy: his long-windedness. He said of the Trump administration: "I'm convinced that there's a lot of fakery going on right now, in terms of what's being done versus what is said to be done."

This interview comes after weeks of Kerry hinting at a possible 2020 run. The closest he's ever come to saying he won't challenge Trump in two years came early last month when he said he doubts he will run, per ABC News. But he certainly didn't say he won't, and earlier this week, he said in a radio interview that he "isn't ruling anything out." Trump himself is thrilled at these rumors of a Kerry 2020 bid, tweeting last month, "I should only be so lucky." Brendan Morrow

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