Sherrod Brown Not Running For President In 2020

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

Sen. Sherrod Brown's, D-Ohio, announcement Thursday he will not run for president bolstered White House aspirations for former Vice President Joe Biden, Politico reported.

The Ohio Democrat has announced his 2020 decision to a group of home-state reporters.

I want you to be the first to know that we've decided the best place for me to continue fighting for the people of OH and for the dignity of all workers across the country is in the U.S. Senate.

"He's happy in the Senate", one aide said.

Brown had easily won re-election to the Senate in November in OH, even though Republicans captured every other statewide office. Trump won OH handily in 2016, but Brown also won reelection a year ago by a healthy margin.

"I will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism", Brown said in a statement.

In a release, Brown said the best way for him to "continue his fight for workers" is by serving OH in the U.S. Senate.

But the Ohio Democrat said he still plans to play an active role in 2020 to help keep the issue of workers' rights at the forefront of the presidential campaign. Brown's central campaign issues included a higher minimum wage, increasing the earned income tax benefit, expanding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, reducing drug prices, and paid family leave.

Brown's decision may open some breathing room for other Democrats who were making similar, populist arguments and who had overlapping allies in the labor movement and on the left.

"It is how we beat Trump, and it is how we should govern", he added.

However, Brown declined to endorse other progressive initiatives popular among Democratic candidates, such as the "Green New Deal", "Medicare for All" and marijuana legalization. That's why I'm confident it will continue to be a focus for Democrats in 2020. 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.

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