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Democratic stalwart Sherrod Brown decides against 2020 presidential run

09 Марта 2019

Ohio's senior U.S. Senator says he won't run for president in 2020. 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 will keep calling out Donald Trump and phony populism".

"I want Sherrod to do great things and he'll do that in the United State Senate - there's no doubt".

"Biden has a history of being able to do that", Russell said, though he added that Brown's absence from the race creates potential advantages for O'Rourke, who has elements of the more centrist profile that Biden and Bloomberg would bring, as well as for Sanders. "It wasn't process. It wasn't money", Brown told reporters in a conference call to explain his decision.

Brown told his circle of advisers that his listening tours to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and SC helped him see that he wasn't fully committed to the rigors of an uphill primary campaign in a crowded field. When Brown won election to his third Senate term in 2018, he was the only Democrat to win statewide, in part by holding the support of tens of thousands of Trump voters.

"It is how we beat Trump, and it is how we should govern", Brown said in a series of tweets Thursday. Brown said he believed his "dignity of work" tour succeeded in putting the struggles of average Americans on Democrats' 2020 radar.

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The other Valley lawmaker who has been mulling a 2020 White House bid, Tim Ryan, has still not announced whether he will enter the race or not. But two Ohio Democrats close to Brown said that Biden's possible run was not the determining factor.

Brown, who recently conducted a multistate "dignity of work" tour, announced that he decided "the best way for him to continue his fight for workers is by serving OH in the U.S. Senate". "That's why I'm confident it will continue to be a focus for Democrats in 2020, and I plan on making sure that happens", Brown said.

Brown said he's not backing a specific candidate for the Democratic nomination. Former Vice President Joe Biden threatens to eclipse both of them if he runs, with his Pennsylvania roots and blue-collar backing.

Brown said he's not endorsing any other Democratic candidate at this point and promises to help any of them as they talk about issues involving workers.

"I think it certainly creates a whole new constituency for the vice president that might have been split otherwise", California Sen.

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