Democratic stalwart Sherrod Brown decides against 2020 presidential run

John Minchillo  Associated Press
John Minchillo Associated Press

10 March, 2019

Sherrod Brown said he won't run for president after making an exploratory swing through early voting states.

"We've seen candidates begin taking up the dignity of work fight, and we have seen voters across the country demanding it", Brown said in a statement.

The 66-year-old Left-leaning populist has always been considered an ideal candidate to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 election but said in a statement that he believes he can do more to fight Trump in the Senate. "So that's where I can be most effective".

He said he made the decision Wednesday after saying as recently as a few days ago that he would decide whether he'd run by the end of this month. He recently finished his tour of the early-primary states - Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and SC - and as recently as the weekend hinted that he was going to jump in.

He also explained his decision in a Twitter thread drawing attention to his tour to make "dignity of work a centerpiece of Democrats' 2020 campaign".

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Brown had easily won re-election to the Senate in November in OH, even though Republicans captured every other statewide office.

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg also announced this week that he would not seek the Democratic nomination. Sherrod Brown's announcement that he won't be running for president. Former Vice President Joe Biden threatens to eclipse both of them if he runs, with his Pennsylvania roots and blue-collar backing. Jeff Merkley and former Attorney General Eric Holder, announced this week that they would not join a presidential primary already packed with a dozen candidates.

"We're doing a dignity of work listening tour", Brown told CNN about the tour.

Brown had been seen as a strong potential candidate to challenge Trump in 2020, since he's got an image of a populist in a battleground state that Trump won in 2016.

Brown was re-elected to the Senate last fall and has been one of the few Democrats to win a statewide race in OH in recent years, raising hopes among some in the party that he could carry his home state against President Trump.

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