Inslee not ruling out 2020 bid

Inslee not ruling out 2020 bid
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) is not ruling out a 2020 presidential bid, saying he believes Democrats need a nominee who prioritizes the issue of climate change, according to Politico

“I think our country needs a Democratic Party to produce a nominee who’s going to really be committed to climate change and defeating climate change and creating a clean energy economic message and clean energy jobs," Inslee told the outlet. "I think we’ll need a candidate who will do that."

"Right now, I’m trying to help everybody in 2018,” Inslee added.

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Inslee in June headlined an Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame dinner, and he is planning to headline another event in the state in October, according to Politico.

He has emerged as a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE, which has led to plenty of speculation that he is preparing a possible run for the White House.

But he would face a number of better-known Democrats in what is expected to be a crowded primary if he chooses to run for the White House.

Inslee, the head of the Democratic Governors Association, has criticized the Trump administration over its "zero tolerance" immigration policy, deregulatory stance on environmental issues, and gun control. 

“There’s really a reason to be bullish on Democratic races across the country,” Inslee told Politico. “What is brewing is a massive rejection of the Trump anxiety and chaos.”

Another possible presidential contender, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Warren spends big on staff in high-stakes 2020 gamble On The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost MORE (D-Mass.), last week said she will consider running for president after the midterm elections. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerButtigieg says he wouldn't be opposed to having Phish play at his inauguration Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina Buttigieg to fundraise in DC with major Obama, Clinton bundlers next month: report MORE (D-N.J.) before that said he thinks it would be "irresponsible" for him to not consider the presidency.