After touring the first primary states, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has decided not to join the already crowded 2020 Democrat presidential field.

Brown believes the best place for him is in the Senate.

Brown vows to do whatever he can to elect a Democratic president and pull the Democrats into power in the Senate.

“I will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism,” Brown wrote in his statement. “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. The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate.”

While considered a long shot, his win in November for a third-term in the Senate had some believe he could challenge Trump in 2020. From The New York Times:

But it was his nearly seven-point victory in November for his third term in the Senate that suggested to his supporters that he could be singularly positioned to win back not just Ohio but the key Midwestern and Rust Belt states that Mr. Trump flipped in 2016: Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Mr. Brown ran roughly 10 percentage points better than Hillary Clinton did in Ohio two years earlier.

Brown traveled to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, which led people to believe he would run for president. He had said that the visits were part of his “Dignity of Work” tour:

But although Mr. Brown was considered a possible running mate for Mrs. Clinton in 2016, he is not well known on the national stage — especially compared to other potential candidates including Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Joseph R. Biden Jr., the former vice president. As part of his decision-making process, he set off on what he called his “Dignity of Work” tour, billing it as an opportunity to listen to voters and spread his signature message across the country.

“The dignity of work is a value that unites us all,” he said in a statement announcing the tour. “It’s what I fight for every day representing the people of Ohio, and it’s what we will fight for together on this tour around the country.”


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