Ojeda announces bid to challenge Trump in 2020

West Virginia state Sen. Richard Ojeda (D) on Monday announced that he will run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, less than a week after losing a congressional bid. 

"I don't think that this office is not obtainable. I believe that I can relate to people," Ojeda, an Army veteran, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

Ball serves an outside adviser to Ojeda's campaign. 

"We need people that are actually going to get out there and fight for the citizens across this country, and I don't think we have that," Ojeda continued. 

The state senator went on to slam President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE and Congress for continued "political infighting."

"I don't see anything changing. I don't see anyone willing to step up and fight for these things," he said. "The things that I fought for to run for Congress are things that need to be fought for across this country." 

Ojeda, who once endorsed Trump, was beaten by Republican Carol Miller in the race for West Virginia's 3rd District by just more than 12 percentage points in a district that voted for Trump by nearly 50 points in 2016. 

The populist Democrat has sparred with the president, who recently called him a “total wacko” and “stone-cold crazy.”

“If you want to label me a ‘stone-cold crazy wacko’ because I cannot go to sleep at night knowing that we’ve got children hungry, that we’ve got elderly people cutting meds in half because we are attacking Social Security; we have an opioid epidemic that has killed more than the lives lost and we don’t have nobody who has a backbone to stand up to Big Pharma, then I will gladly be ‘stone cold crazy’ and I will be your ‘wacko,'" Ojeda responded to Trump last week on "Rising."

Ojeda is joining what could potentially end up being a crowded Democratic primary field, with names such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year MORE and Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris pushes for support for cities in coronavirus relief package This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Brown vows Democrats will 'find a way' to raise minimum wage MORE (D-Calif.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Senators push for changes as chamber nears vote on .9T relief bill | Warren offers bill to create wealth tax Sanders vows to force vote on minimum wage No. 2 Senate Democrat shoots down overruling parliamentarian on minimum wage MORE (I-Vt.) being floated.

"The Democratic Party is supposed the party that looks out for the working class citizens. That's what they do. We don't have that today," Ojeda said on Monday.

— Julia Manchester