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No 2020 White House run for Dem Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio

No 2020 White House run for Dem Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced Thursday he will not run for president in 2020.

"I mean Biden's been talking about the dignity of work forever", Strickland said.

"I will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism", Brown said in an initial statement. "And I find that joy fighting for OH in the Senate". He says his most effective role is in the Senate.

Brown's decision comes as something of a surprise.

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 won with support throughout many blue-collar areas that Democrats had ceded to Trump.

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Brown said on November 12, 2018, less than a week after winning his third term to the Senate, that he was considering a presidential run.

Several other Democrats, including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Oregon Sen. Democrats are awaiting word from former vice president Joe Biden and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke about whether they will undertake highly anticipated campaigns that could reshape the race. 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. Also, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, said he'll run as a Democrat - as he did in 2016 - for the party's presidential nomination.

Brown had been traveling to some early primary states to test his appeal to the party's voting base, saying his focus on "the dignity of work" while not "caving to Wall Street" could capture Trump voters and Democrats alike.

"We're doing a dignity of work listening tour", Brown told CNN about the tour.

Brown says he's not endorsing any other Democratic candidate at this point and says he will help any of them as they talk about issues involving workers.

"An outspoken progressive can win - and win decisively - in the heartland", he said during his tour.