Former Vice President Joe Biden will officially launch his presidential bid next Wednesday with a video announcement, people familiar with the matter told The Atlantic in a report published Friday.
Biden has long been seen as likely to enter the 2020 race, and his potential campaign has loomed large over a growing Democratic primary field that already has more than a dozen candidates.
Though he has still not officially announced, Biden has regularly polled at or near the top in several national polls on Democratic contenders in key states like Iowa and New Hampshire.
A Biden spokesperson declined to comment to The Atlantic.
Should Biden run, he would be facing off against a slew of younger and more diverse faces within the party, many of whom have shirked the former vice president’s moderation in favor of policies important to the party’s increasingly influential progressive flank, offering Biden a possible spot with the base’s centrists.
Biden has already faced backlash early on in the primary contest after multiple women accused him of inappropriate touching during his time in office.
The former vice president released a video earlier this month saying he would be “More mindful” about respecting people’s “Personal space.” He’s also faced criticism over his chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee during Anita Hill’s testimony regarding sexual harassment by now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Biden has been unable to raise money so far due to a lack of an active campaign account.