After months of speculation and a tour of early primary states, Senator Sherrod Brown has announced he will not seek the Democratic party nomination for President in 2020.
"The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate".
Brown says he feels his "dignity of work" tour succeeded in its mission of putting the struggles of working people on the Democrats' 2020 radar.
"Being president isn't something I have dreamed of my whole life or even for years", Brown said.
But Brown, who had never seriously considered a presidential bid until urged to do so after the 2016 election, found that he did not have the same investment in a run as other Democrats.
Brown won with support throughout many blue-collar areas that Democrats had ceded to Trump.
"I will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism", Brown said in a statement. But after careful thought and talking with his family, Brown says he thinks he can be more effective by staying in the U.S. Senate.
"I will keep fighting for all workers across the country".
A number of Republicans had privately told TPM that Brown was the candidate they most feared facing as a nominee. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also confirmed he wouldn't be running.
"It is how we beat Trump, and it is how we should govern". 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. That's why I'm confident it will continue to be a focus for Democrats in 2020. 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.
However, Brown declined to endorse other progressive initiatives popular among Democratic candidates, such as the "Green New Deal", "Medicare for All" and marijuana legalization. Also, Brown's political brand has some similarities to the anti-corporate liberalism of two high-profile senators already in the race, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of MA.