Brown’s appearance at forum begs question: Is he running for president?

Hint: He says no.


Sen. Sherrod Brown said his appearance at a progressive forum along with a number of potential Democratic presidential candidates does not signal he plans to seek the presidency in 2020.

Brown, D-Ohio, spoke Tuesday at the Center for American Progress in Washington, an event whose speakers included Democratic Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — all of whom who are talking about running for president.

RELATED: Gasper to take on Turner in fall

The large turnout, which also included such presidential possibilities as Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont; and Julian Castro, who served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration, prompted reporters to dub it the first real gathering of presidential hopefuls.

“All of them are talking about running for president: I’m not,” Brown told reporters on a conference call. “That’s not my interest.”

RELATED: Renacci wins primary; to face Brown in fall

“I go anywhere where I can talk about Ohio workers, when I can explode the myth that Ohio is the Rust Belt, which demeans who we are and diminishes our work,” Brown said.

“I will take that message wherever I can go and I hope it had an impact on my party both for 2018 and beyond,” Brown said. “But an impact on my party, not an interest in running for president.”

Blaine Kelly, a spokesman for the Ohio Republican Party, said Brown “has aligned himself with the most liberal senators and organizations in the country, putting himself at odds with Ohio values.”

“He must be hoping that the coastal elites who fund his campaigns can buy his re-election and propel him into the 2020 conversation,” Kelly said.

Brown was among the list of candidates Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton considered for a possible running mate in 2016.

RELATED: DeWine v. Cordray shows Ohioans still prefer establishment candidates



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Politics

Lawsuit filed against bureau once headed by Cordray day after Dayton debate
Lawsuit filed against bureau once headed by Cordray day after Dayton debate

In a move which could impact the governor’s race between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray, two employees of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have charged they were discriminated against by officials of the bureau once headed by Cordray. The lawsuit charges that the consumer bureau “maintains a biased culture...
Watch the full Ohio governor’s debate in Dayton
Watch the full Ohio governor’s debate in Dayton

The first Ohio governor’s debate, held Sept. 19 at the University of Dayton, featured a fiery face-off between candidates Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray.  You can watch the full debate in the video above, or you can watch it on your streaming device (like Roku, Amazon Fire or Apple TV).
Highlights from first Ohio Governor’s Debate in Dayton
Highlights from first Ohio Governor’s Debate in Dayton

Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine debated for one hour at the University of Dayton, exchanging barbs — about each others records as state attorney general — and ideas — about drugs, the opioid crisis and state support for Ohio’s urban core. The Wednesday night event marked the first debate for the major-party...
How people are reacting to the first governor debate on Twitter
How people are reacting to the first governor debate on Twitter

The governor debate in Dayton Wednesday night was a hot topic on Twitter. At one point, #OHgovdebate was trending nationally. Here’s a look at what some had to say about the testy debate between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray:
Green Party candidate spends debate on Dayton sidewalk
Green Party candidate spends debate on Dayton sidewalk

As Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine prepared to debate face-to-face Wednesday, people protesting the policies of both candidates for Ohio governor also showed up divided on the issues, including who’s even allowed to debate.. Constance Gadell-Newton, the Green Party candidate for governor, was only to be seen or heard from...
More Stories