Brown Decides to Sit Out 2020 Presidential Race

Saul Bowman
March 10, 2019

Sherrod Brown announced on Thursday that he will not run for president in 2020, ending months of speculation that the Democrat would jump into the race to challenge President Donald Trump.

In his announcement, Brown said he "will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism", and he will "keep fighting for all workers across the country. And I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate in 2020", Brown said.

But, he said, "the Biden vehicle takes up lots of space on the political highway, which leaves not much room for other cars to travel". Despite his decision not to run, Brown is expected to push for policies that include expanding overtime pay, universal child care and raising the minimum wage.

Brown, who was re-elected to the Senate to a third six-year term last year, had recently visited several early primary/caucus states including Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and SC.

There are several Democrats who have already announced their plans to run for president, including U.S. Sens.

Not only are other candidates starting to talk about the dignity of work, voters across the country are demanding it.

Hillary Clinton told a New York TV station that she would not be running in 2020, but the next day a New York Times reporter tweeted that the decision may not be a final as it sounded.

Brown, who just wrapped up an exploratory month-long tour of four early voting states, said he was confident the growing field of Democratic White House contenders would carry on his fight for workers. And some Democrats believed he could appeal to both the party's left-leaning base and Trump voters because of similar positions to the president on issues like trade. Thank you for your support as I ran for re-election in OH, and thank you for your support as we traveled the country on the Dignity of Work tour. I fight best when I bring joy to the battle.

Top Democrats are split about whether Ohio, Brown's home state, will be a battleground in the 2020 election.

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