by Molly Prince
Washington, D.C. — Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown was unable to explain on Tuesday what would differentiate his possible presidential candidacy from fellow Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who recently launched a bid for the presidency.
“Well, I don’t know,” Brown replied when asked during a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor what would be the difference between his campaign and Klobuchar’s if they were to both seek the Democratic nomination in 2020.
Brown, who like Klobuchar, hails from the midwest, was confronted with the similarities between the demographic that they both appeal to such as blue collared workers, white collared workers and anti-Trump Republicans.
“I will calculate all that but I um, I like Amy. I think Amy brings something, everybody brings something to the table. That’s not in any way to diminish her,” Brown said. “Um, she brings something to the table, a little different from, a little different and differently, from the others.”
Brown noted that while Klobuchar has had electoral success, she is not from a swing state like Ohio because Minnesota has “gone to the Democrat for president more than any state in the country in the last x number” of years.
“I mean, she’s a midwesterner, she clearly has a midwestern aura about her,” Brown continued. “I’m just not going to go over calculations on this person and this person and this person and this person. When the time comes and we’ve digested all this, I’m not, I mean, don’t mistake my deliberativeness for weakness or reluctance.”
Brown, notable for his rumpled image and more than 40-year public service tenure in Ohio, was the only Democrat to win statewide in 2018, aside from judicial candidates.
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Molly Prince is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation. Follow Molly on Twitter.
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