Brown Bows Out, Balks at Trump’s ‘Phony Populism’

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced Thursday that after months of consideration he has decided against running for president.

Brown concluded his three-month “Dignity of Work” tour last Friday in South Carolina after making stops in key battleground states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. But after months on the road, Brown had decided against launching a presidential bid.

“First, I want to say thank you. Thank you for your support as I ran for re-election in Ohio, and thank you for your support as we traveled the country on the Dignity of Work tour,” Brown said in a statement. “Connie and I have spent the law few months traveling around the country to make dignity of work a centerpiece of Democrats’ 2020 campaign, and we are so grateful to everyone who has welcomed us into their communities and into their lives.”

He went on to state that “dignity of work is a value that unites all of us,” and a strategy for “how we beat Trump.”

“That’s why I’m confident it will continue to be a focus for Democrats in 2020. And I plan on making sure that happens. I will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism,” he continued. “I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate in 2020. The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate.”

His decision not to run likely comes as good news for Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. In fact, during one stop on his “Dignity of Work” tour, Brown was unable to explain what differentiated him from Klobuchar.

“Well, I don’t know,” he said during a February event.

Brown told CNN Thursday that the prospect of a Joe Biden run “had zero impact” on his decision. He has so far declined to endorse any of his Democratic colleagues.

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].












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