Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps Democratic senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests Some realistic solutions for income inequality MORE (D-Ohio) said that he’s not “actively considering” a run for the White House in 2020, though he said he thinks “about it from time to time.”
“I’m not actively considering it,” he said when asked about it during an interview earlier this week with the Cincinnati Enquirer’s editorial board.
But he also acknowledged hearing about it “more and more.”
“I don’t have the great desire to be president like a lot of my colleagues do,” Brown said.
“I think about it from time to time,” he added, “but I’m not close to wanting to do that.”
Brown is among a handful of Democrats floated as possible 2020 challengers to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
The two-term senator is up for reelection this year, but most polls show him with a comfortable lead over his Republican challenger, Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciOhio is suddenly a 2020 battleground Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Medicare for All won’t deliver what Democrats promise MORE.
Trump beat out Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE in Ohio in 2016, including in 17 counties that Brown won in his 2012 reelection bid.
Brown was once a potential pick to serve as Clinton’s running mate. She ultimately chose Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Senate panel passes amendment to bar using troops against protesters Defense bill turns into proxy battle over Floyd protests MORE (D-Va.) in part because Democrats did not want to run the risk of losing Brown’s Senate seat.
Democrats are hoping that gubernatorial candidate Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayPoll: Biden, Trump neck and neck in Ohio On The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials ‘looking at’ offering coronavirus bonds Ex-CFPB director urges agency to ‘act immediately’ to help consumers during pandemic MORE, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, can help the party retake the governor’s mansion in Ohio this year.
That would mean that a Democrat would likely be appointed to fill Brown’s seat should he mount a bid for president in 2020.
The gubernatorial race, however, remains close. A Politico–AARP poll released earlier this month shows Republican Mike DeWine leading Cordray by only 1 point in the race for the governor’s mansion.
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