‘I’ve Got Enough on My Plate’: Joe Kennedy III Rules Out a 2020 Run

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Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) is not running for president — at least not in 2020.

The latest member of the Kennedy political dynasty to enter the national spotlight is ruling out the possibility of entering the already crowded 2020 Democratic primary race.

Kennedy broke the news in an interview with ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast on Thursday.

“I’ve got enough on my plate,” Kennedy told hosts Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein.

Though Kennedy won’t be one of the candidates, he did express happiness with the size of the field:

“I actually am one of those folks that encourage a big, broad field and that’s because I think we are at a time our country is in a transition, economically, societally, culturally.”

Kennedy, a four-term congressman, rose to national prominence when he was selected to deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address in 2018. The congressman quickly garnered some unwanted 2020 buzz. Soon after the speech, Kennedy downplayed any 2020 ambitions in an interview with Politico.

Listen to the interview below (Kennedy’s segment begins at the 17-minute mark):

“I realize that some folks might not believe me in this,” Kennedy told Politico at the time, “I didn’t run for Congress on the hopes that one day you’re going to run for something else.”

Despite a number of similar statements from Kennedy downplaying any presidential ambitions, an early visit to New Hampshire added to some buzz about a potential 2020 run.

It’s also likely that Kennedy’s name played a role in fueling that speculation. If he does seek the Democratic nomination for president at some point in the future, Kennedy would be following in the footsteps of his grandfather, former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and his great-uncles, former President John F. Kennedy and former Senator Ted Kennedy.

Watch Rep. Kennedy’s response to the 2018 State of the Union address below:

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