WASHINGTON (WDTN) – There could be a very large field of Democratic candidates in 2020, and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is the latest to say he’s thinking about it.
But Brown says even if he does not run, he hopes lessons from his strategy in Ohio will help the democratic nominee.
“A blueprint for 2020,” he said in his victory speech on Election Day, leaving many people to wonder if he was thinking about running for President.
Soon after, he says there was a flood of people telling him to go for it.
“People started to call, text, write to my wife Connie and me,” he said, adding that it prompted him to consider a Presidential campaign.
“We’re thinking about it because I don’t think anybody has really been talking about the dignity of work,” he says.
Senator Brown knew the wording in his speech would spark speculation, but he told me the goal was to send a message to Democrats nationwide that they can win elections in swing states and Republican states.
“You can win as a progressive Democrat without compromising on civil rights. You can win by a pro-worker message,” he said.
Voters in states like Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan were crucial in pushing President Trump to victory in 2016.
Howard University Professor Michael Fauntroy says if Democrats take back those states, they will have a good shot in 2020.
“Senator Brown has a really strong case to make in those Rustbelt states,” he said. “There are a number of Rustbelt voters who are looking for promises to not just be kept but work out how they were intended.”
Brown thinks his pro-worker platform could win Midwestern voters back.
“The President has this phony populism that he’s for workers. Real populism doesn’t put people down in order to raise people up. Real populism is about workers and being on the side of workers,” he said.
Brown says he does not know when he’ll make a final decision.
Brown could wait until spring of 2019, according to Dr. Fauntroy, but says if another strong candidate enters the race, it could push Brown into making a decision sooner.