Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson Tuesday that the Democrats are looking at a crowded field in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
"We'll have 30 or 40, probably, great candidates running for president, because everyone recognizes how urgent this moment is in the history of our country," Cicilline said. "We need a great nominee, and I have every confidence we're going to have a terrific nominee and we're going to beat the Republican nominee in 2020."
"40, really? 40 candidates?" Jackson asked.
"There's a lot of U.S. Senators who we're talking about, a lot of governors, a lot of people outside of politics," he replied. "I think we're going to have a big field of great candidates that are going to have an opportunity to test their mettle during the primaries."
He named a few of those considering a presidential run who he believes are “great candidates,” including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former vice president Joe Biden, Sen Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) revealed that she would decide if she would make a presidential bid over the holidays.
Other potential 2020 candidates who have revealed that they are considering running include Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as well as Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).
Former secretary of state John Kerry recently admitted he was thinking about a presidential bid.
Remarkably, twice-failed presidential candidate and former First Lady Hillary Clinton is also considering a 2020 bid, according to a former Clinton advisor.