Holder: I'm Seriously Thinking About Running for President in 2020

July 24, 2018

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said on Monday he was seriously considering running for president in 2020.

"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert brought up a tweet from CNN commentator April Ryan, who reported that Holder was seriously considering running in 2020, and the audience responded with cheers and applause.

"Were you just taking the temperature of America just now?" Colbert asked, referring to the audience's response.

"I was just looking to see potential contributors, and Cabinet members," Holder joked.

"But are you seriously considering throwing your hat into the ring for 2020?" Colbert asked.

"Yeah, I'm thinking about it. What I said is that I'll make a determination sometime early next year," Holder said.

Holder added that his main focus right now is on the 2018 midterms and to fix partisan gerrymandering.

"My focus now is on 2018, the midterms and trying to make sure that Democrats take back the Senate, take back the House and that we do well importantly at the state level ... We're going to be picking half the people right now who will be doing redistricting in 2021," Holder said. "And we have a real problem in this country with regard to partisan gerrymandering, so I want to make sure that we elect as many people at the governor level and state legislative level so that when 2021 comes, we have a fair redistricting process."

Back in March, Holder said he would only run for president if he felt he could unite the country.

"If I were gonna do it, I'd do it because I think I would have concluded that maybe I could unify the country," Holder said.

Numerous Democrats have flirted with the idea of running for president in 2020 and are expected to have a much more crowded field compared to 2016. The latest poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading among Democratic voters.