Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced Thursday that he would not run for president after teasing a campaign for months on the road touring early primary states.
“Connie and I have spent the last few months traveling around the country to make dignity of work a centerpiece of Democrats’ 2020 campaign, and we are so grateful to everyone who has welcomed us into their communities and into their lives,” Brown said in a statement obtained by the Daily Beast.
Brown announced his “Dignity of Work” tour in January and took it to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.
“We’ve seen candidates begin taking up the dignity of work fight, and we have seen voters across the country demanding it — because dignity of work is a value that unites all of us,” Brown continued in his statement.
“It is how we beat Trump, and it is how we should govern. That’s why I’m confident it will continue to be a focus for Democrats in 2020, and I plan on making sure that happens.”
Brown also commented on Twitter Thursday that he would continue fighting against President Donald Trump and promised to be an active participant in the 2020 election.
“I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate in 2020.”
I will keep fighting for all workers across the country. And I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate in 2020. The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate.
Believe me, we will fight.
— Sherrod Brown (@SherrodBrown) March 7, 2019
Brown’s wife, Connie Schultz, tweeted Thursday that she still supports her husband. “It will surprise no one, I suspect, to know that I still think @SenSerrodBrown would be a wonderful president.”
I support my husband, always.
— Connie Schultz (@ConnieSchultz) March 7, 2019
Even with Brown’s departure, the 2020 Democratic field remains large with six of Brown’s Senate colleagues in the race so far, along with a handful of other candidates. And it could still get bigger and more competitive if suspected candidates former Congressman Beto O’Rourke and former Vice President Joe Biden enter the race.
One declared candidate, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) thanked Brown Thursday for his contributions to the 2020 conversation.
Thank you, @SherrodBrown, for everything you’ve done to bring attention to the dignity of work and your unyielding fight for workers’ rights. Ohioans and Americans across this country are lucky to have you fighting for us. pic.twitter.com/ycfGqZ6zkR
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) March 7, 2019
“Thank you @SherrodBrown, for everything you’ve done to bring attention to the dignity of work and your unyielding fight for workers’ right,” Booker wrote. “Ohioans and Americans across the country are lucky to have you fighting for us.”