Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration

Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration
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Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment On The Money: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency | Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing | Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses Hillicon Valley: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency plan | Trump vows to 'take a look' at Google's ties to China | Google denies working with China's military | Tech execs on defensive at antitrust hearing | Bill would bar business with Huawei MORE (D-Ohio) announced Tuesday night that he’s launching a “Dignity of Work” tour in four early nominating states as he continues to explore a 2020 presidential campaign.

Brown has been seriously considering a White House bid to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian energy Julia Louis-Dreyfus responds to Buttigieg on realism of 'Veep' Sanders supports Puerto Rican protesters MORE since the November midterm elections. His tour will kick off on Jan. 30 in Cleveland, with a stop in Iowa the following day. He has yet to announce the dates of his other stops in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

In a Tuesday interview on MSNBC, Brown said that he and his wife, journalist Connie Schultz, haven’t decided on a 2020 campaign and will make that decision “in the weeks ahead.”

“The message of dignity of work will work for any Democratic nominee that comes down the line in the next several months,” Brown said during a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”

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The Ohio senator’s tour launch comes just hours after Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally First responder calls senators blocking 9/11 victim funding 'a--holes' Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations MORE (D-N.Y.) said that she’s forming an exploratory committee in a clip released from her Tuesday night appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Brown, who has progressive bona fides, has served in the Senate since 2006 and easily cruised to reelection in the 2018 midterms. Brown’s victory was a silver lining for Democrats given that Republicans held onto the governor’s mansion and didn’t flip several targeted House races.

Ohio, a perennial presidential battleground, will play a key role in the 2020 race, especially after Trump won the Buckeye State by 8 points in 2016. Some Democrats see Brown as a candidate who could win over both progressives and Trump voters, especially since the two overlap on issues like trade.

As Brown continues to mull a run, more Democrats are jumping into the race, which has quickly accelerated in recent days.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBette Midler, Scarlett Johansson give the maximum donation to Warren campaign Senate panel advances Pentagon chief, Joint Chiefs chairman nominees The Hill's 12:30 Report: 'Send her back' chants stun Washington MORE (D-Mass.) launched an exploratory committee on New Year's Eve and has been making multiple stops in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Other recent presidential announcements include Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardBullock makes CNN debate stage Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses Jack Dorsey maxes out donations to Tulsi Gabbard presidential bid MORE (D-Hawaii) and Julián Castro, a former Housing and Urban Development secretary in the Obama administration.

But there are a host of other likely White House hopefuls waiting in the wings, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBoehner won't say whether he'd back Biden over Trump Scooter Braun hosting fundraiser for Harris dubbed 'Fireside Chat with Kamala' Stanley McChrystal endorses Moulton for president MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Cardi B posts message of support for Ilhan Omar #IStandWithIlhan trends after crowd at Trump rally chants 'send her back' MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisScooter Braun hosting fundraiser for Harris dubbed 'Fireside Chat with Kamala' The Hill's 12:30 Report: 'Send her back' chants stun Washington Piers Morgan says Trump rally 'bordered on fascism' MORE (D-Calif.).

Republicans have been anticipating a run by Brown and conservative group America Rising has already started conducting opposition research on his wife, according to BuzzFeed News.

Max Greenwood contributed.