Sherrod Brown Not Running For President In 2020

Brown, Ohio's senior U.S. Senator, said he made his decision a couple of days ago.

Citing his record on worker issues, Brown said, "I think my message has been strong enough that other candidates are picking it up".

"The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate".

"Being president isn't something I have dreamed of my whole life or even for years", Brown said.

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. That's why I'm confident it will continue to be a focus for Democrats in 2020.

Brown's appeal among working-class voters will nonetheless position him to play an influential role in the general election, especially as Democrats vie to take back OH after the battleground swung in Trump's favor in 2016.

Brown had emerged as a prospective strong challenger to Republican President Donald Trump after his solid re-election in November in a state Trump carried by almost 11 points in 2016.

Throughout the past couple of months, Sherrod Brown has campaigned in four early primary and caucus states.

"We've seen candidates begin taking up the dignity of work fight, and we have seen voters across the country demanding it - because dignity of work is a value that unites all of us", Brown said on Thursday.

His decision is certain to increase speculation that former Vice President Joe Biden, another Democrat with a history of appealing to working-class voters, is likely to enter the race.

Believe me, we will fight.

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

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

Well-known for his progressive populism, Brown had pledged to be the most "pro-union, pro-worker" candidate in the Democratic field if he ran.

  • Tracy Klein