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Sherrod Brown says he is not running for president

Sherrod Brown says he is not running for president

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said on Thursday that he will not run for president in 2020, vowing to keep "calling out President Trump and his phony populism" from the vantage point of the U.S. Senate. "You've heard me say many times that when you love this country, you fight for the people who make it work". "And I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic president and a Democratic Senate in 2020".

Brown told his circle of advisers that his listening tours to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and SC helped him see that he wasn't fully committed to the rigors of an uphill primary campaign in a crowded field.

Brown, a progressive who has proven he can win in a Midwestern battleground state that helped elect Donald Trump in 2016, said he'll continue making the concerns of working-class American a prominent issue for the Democratic Party.

Brown, a liberal with strong ties to the labor movement, had not registered significant support in most opinion polls of a Democratic field that includes better-known fellow senators such as Kamala Harris of California, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of MA.

But Brown, who had never seriously considered a presidential bid until urged to do so after the 2016 election, found that he did not have the same investment in a run as other Democrats.

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg also announced this week that he would not seek the Democratic nomination.

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Brown, in an attempt to explore whether a run for President was possible, launched a "listening tour" that included stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and SC, the four key early voting states in the 2020 primary.

Believe me, we will fight. 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 is now one of four Democrats who have announced in the last week that they would not run for President in 2020.

"I fight best when I bring joy to the battle", he told home-state reporters.

The 66-year-old had emerged as a potentially strong challenger to Trump after winning re-election in November in a state that Trump carried by almost 11 percentage points in 2016.