Sherrod Brown Decides Against Presidential Run, Vows to Do ‘Everything I Can’ to Elect a Democrat

Sherrod Brown

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.”

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.”

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’ right,” Booker wrote. “Ohioans and Americans across the country are lucky to have you fighting for us.”


  1. Because nothing says ole, white, patriarchy like a Dim with low name-recognition. Old Dim party meet the new intersectional Socialists.

  2. Aw shucks. I was hoping to help him find a seat in the clown car with the rest of the losers.

    1. He’d have had a hard time qualifying for the kiddie table in the debates

  3. Sherrod, the best you can do to elect a democrat is not act like a democrat. Hate to see you go; I’d say leave your tour behind but your buddies don’t care about your dignity-of-work schtick as it calls unwanted attention to the USA’s lowest unemployment rates in 50 years.

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