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 TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments 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 WarrenTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg: Harris 'deserves to be under anybody's consideration' for vice president MORE (D-Mass.), last week said she will consider running for president after the midterm elections. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCastro hits fundraising threshold for December debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi says House will move forward with impeachment Booker: Primary voters 'being denied' their candidates of choice MORE (D-N.J.) before that said he thinks it would be "irresponsible" for him to not consider the presidency.