CORONADO, Calif. As top GOP leaders prepared for a Republican National Committee meeting in California, Sen. Amy Klobuchar was in Iowa, the latest Democrat to fuel speculation about a 2020 presidential bid.
The early Democratic jockeying to take on President Donald Trump has not gone unnoticed on the other side of the aisle — and Republicans concede there are quite a few potentially formidable contenders.
In interviews with two dozen GOP operatives, strategists and officials around the country, Republicans placed the most credible Democratic candidates into categories: the rising congressional stars (#Kamala Harris) and the pure political outsiders (Mark Cuban), the fiery progressives (Elizabeth Warren) and the pragmatic moderates (John Hickenlooper).
And of course, there’s Joe Biden.
Republicans stressed it is far too soon too pick a front-runner, much less worry about how that person might pick apart Trump. Plenty of Republicans interviewed couldn’t offer a name — just a type of candidate — noting that Democrats are at war with themselves over the direction of their party and will have an intense primary process.
And at the RNC, there was already discussion of Trump’s re-election. At a closed-door lunch at an oceanside resort here, Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump enthusiastically noted her involvement with the 2020 effort in a short speech that was well-received, according to attendees.