Sen. Sherrod Brown Won't Run For President In 2020

Sen. Sherrod Brown Won't Run For President In 2020

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown will not run for president in 2020. He says his most effective role is in the Senate.

Brown, in an attempt to explore whether a run for President was possible, launched a "listening tour" that included stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and SC, the four key early voting states in the 2020 primary. "The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate", Brown said in a statement released by his campaign office.

Brown, a Cleveland Democrat, announced Thursday that he has "decided the best place for me to continue fighting for OH and for the dignity of workers across the country, all workers, is to stay in the U.S. Senate".

Brown began telling his circle of advisers on Wednesday afternoon of his decision not to run, which took many by surprise, two participants in a meeting told CNN.

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

Brown was re-elected to the Senate last fall, and has been one of the few Democrats to win a state wide 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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There are several Democrats who have already announced their plans to run for president, including U.S. Sens.

Brown is the third Democrat considering a presidential campaign to decide against it this week.

Brown, a fierce populist, won reelection in OH last fall even as every other Democratic statewide candidate fell far short, and has a proven track record of winning white working-class voters and carrying a Midwestern state that has moved hard towards the GOP in recent years.

Brown's comfort in relating to Midwestern, working-class voters is a key element in the political appeal of Biden, who is seen as leaning heavily toward running. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Politico noted.

But Brown was facing a tough route to the nomination - with other top-tier candidates pulling the types of voters he'd need to win. Sen.

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