Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Sen. Sherrod Brown Says He Won’t Run For President In 2020

Sen. Sherrod Brown Says He Won’t Run For President In 2020

Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown of OH said on Thursday he would not enter the 2020 US presidential race, but would work to help the party recapture the White House and battle Republican President Donald Trump's "phony populism".

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". In his most recent reelection bid in 2018, Brown won counties like Trumbull that Trump had carried in 2016.

"I will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism".

In a release, Brown said the best way for him to "continue his fight for workers" is by serving OH in the U.S. Senate.

Brown, like Trump and Sanders, had opposed trade agreements on the grounds that they slighted blue-collar workers in this country and contributed to broad job losses in a swath of states.

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The surprise announcement comes after a two-month tour through early voting states, which many believed was the building blocks of a presidential campaign. "The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate", Brown said in a statement issued Thursday afternoon.

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.

Three other possible Democratic contenders - former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of OR - also announced this week that they would not run. "It is how we beat Trump, and it is how we should govern", he said.

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. Both of them, Brown said, would stay active in the Democratic debate.

Brown, a progressive who has proven he can win in a Midwestern battleground state that helped elect Donald Trump in 2016, said he'll continue making the concerns of working-class American a prominent issue for the Democratic Party.

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