UPDATED: March 7, 2019
Sen. Sherrod Brown, take a bow.
The economic populist from Ohio who some Democrats believe might be their party’s best shot to bring back Rust Belt voters who backed Trump in 2016 has decided against running in 2020.
Brown’s core message, “the dignity of work” is one he says he’s confident other candidates in the (crowded) field will champion.
“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. It is how we beat Trump, and it is how we should govern,” Brown said in a statement.
Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg also bowed out, but he pledged to keep his checkbook in the race.
So Brown and Bloomberg are out … but guess who isn’t?
A longtime New Hampshire Democrat with close ties to ClintonWorld tells InsideSources that “If Joe Biden doesn’t get in and there’s a huge lane left open,” don’t be surprised if she decides to fill it. This echoes reporting from the NYTimes’ Maggie Haberman that Hillary’s recent “no” was more of a “probably not.”
“They say she wasn’t trying to be emphatic and close the door on running when she spoke to a local reporter yesterday, and that she was surprised by how definitively it played,” Haberman reported. “The person also says she is extremely unlikely to run, but that she remains bothered that she’s expected to close the door on it when, say, John Kerry isn’t.”
Meanwhile, there’s reporting that Joe Biden is on the verge of his big announcement. His team says is “95 percent” of the way to yes. What’s the other five percent? Stay tuned.
An updated list of the declared/potential 2020 candidates is below:
POTENTIAL DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES:
Senator Michael Bennet (CO)
Former Vice President Joe Biden
Senator Cory Booker (NJ)*
Gov. Steve Bullock (MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, IN)*
Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro*
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (??)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (NY)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (NYC)
Rep. John Delaney (MD)*
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI)*
Senator Kristen Gillibrand (NY)*
Senator Kamala Harris (CA)*
Gov. John Hickenlooper (CO)*
Gov. Jay Inslee (WA)*
Former Secretary of State John Kerry
Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN)*
Former Mayor Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans)
Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (VA)
Rep. Seth Moulton (MA)
Senator Chris Murphy (CT)
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX)
Rep. Tim Ryan (OH)
Senator Bernie Sanders (VT)*
Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA)
Entrepreneur Andrew Wang*
Author Marianne Williamson*
Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA)*
*indicates a candidate who has formally declared his/her candidacy or created an exploratory committee.
POSSIBLY RUNNING, BUT NOT AS A DEMOCRAT:
Attorney Michael Avenatti
Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg (NYC)
Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)
Senator Bob Casey (PA)
Mayor Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles)
Former Attorney General Eric Holder
Senator Jeff Merkley (OR)
State Senator Richard Ojeda (WV)
Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (MD)
Former Gov. Deval Patrick (MA)
Billionaire Tom Steyer
Did we miss someone? Please send the name to Michael@insidesources.com. Thanks!