Following an exploratory tour that took him to four early voting states, Ohio Sen. Sherrod announced today that he has decided not to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. Brown, Ohio's senior U.S. Senator, said he made his decision a couple of days ago.
After what he called careful thought and talking with his family, Brown said he thinks he can be more effective by staying in the U.S. Senate.
"It's not fear of any specific opponent. It wasn't process. It wasn't money," Brown told reporters in a conference call to explain his decision.
If Brown had gotten into the race, he would have had to come up with millions of dollars to compete in what looks to be a huge primary field. At least a dozen Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden, have either announced or are considering a run for the White House in 2020.
Brown said his goal was never really to be president but to drive the national conversation to focus on issues involving working Ohioans. And he said his “Dignity of Work” tour has accomplished that because many of the candidates in the race are now talking more about those issues.
Brown said he’s not endorsing any other Democratic candidate at this point and promises to help any of them as they talk about issues involving workers.
Brown's decision not to run for president in 2020 comes on the heels of some others who were thought to be contenders. In the past few days, former First Lady, Secretary of State and the 2012 Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, has said she wouldn't run this time around. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also confirmed he wouldn't be running.