WASHINGTON — Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced Thursday that he will not run for president in 2020, saying he is confident Democratic candidates will ultimately adopt the populist, working-class themes he has spent this year trying to draw attention to.
“I will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism. I will keep fighting for all workers across the country. And I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate in 2020,” Brown said. “The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate.”
Brown, who has served in the upper chamber since 2007, began visiting early primary states in January as part of what he dubbed the “Dignity of Work Tour,” a move that fueled speculation that he would eventually be entering the race.
He becomes the latest Democrat to bow out before the campaign season opens in earnest, joining attorney Michael Avenatti, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and wealthy climate change activist Tom Steyer.
Candidates seeking the Democratic nomination now stands at 14, with several big names, including former Vice President Joe Biden and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, remaining on the fence.