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Published: Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 12:42 PM
— After making a series of trips to key voting states and exploring the possibility of a run for President, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio announced on Thursday that he would remain in the Senate, pledging to do all he can to help Democrats win back the White House and full control of the Congress.
“I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate in 2020,” Brown said in a written statement issued as he was speaking on the Senate floor against a judicial nomination made by President Trump.
“The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate,” the Ohio Democrat added.
Fresh off his re-election victory in Ohio last November, Brown had created some buzz among Democrats simply because he was a Democratic winner in 2018, going against the Republican tide in the Buckeye State.
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.— Sherrod Brown (@SherrodBrown) March 7, 2019
.@ConnieSchultz and I have spent the last 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.— Sherrod Brown (@SherrodBrown) March 7, 2019
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.— Sherrod Brown (@SherrodBrown) March 7, 2019
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.— Sherrod Brown (@SherrodBrown) March 7, 2019
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.— Sherrod Brown (@SherrodBrown) March 7, 2019
Believe me, we will fight.
Brown is the second Democratic Senator to decide this week against a bid for the White House; Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) also opted not to throw his hat in the ring.
While Brown won’t be running for President, some political experts still wonder if he could be a possible candidate for Vice President.
Sen. Sherrod Brown(D-Ohio) is NOT running for President, but his “listening tour” floated his name and reminded Dems he’d make a good VP candidate—and a chance to win Ohio.— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) March 7, 2019
Brown’s announcement was sent out to reporters just as he was giving a speech on the Senate floor, sternly criticizing the type of judicial nominees being sent to the Senate by President Trump.
At one point, Brown opened the door to the floor of the Senate, pointing down the hall toward the offices of the Senate Majority Leader, making his familiar complaint that lobbyists and special interest groups hold too much power with Congress and the Republicans in charge of the Senate.