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 BrownOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Budowsky: 2020 Dems should debate on Fox Overnight Health Care: How 2020 Dems want to overhaul health care | Brooklyn parents sue over measles vaccination mandate | Measles outbreak nears record 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 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 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.”


The Ohio senator’s tour launch comes just hours after Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandButtigieg says he wouldn't be opposed to having Phish play at his inauguration 2020 Dems call on Mueller to testify about redacted report 2020 Dems blast Barr's defense of Trump before Mueller report's release 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 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.) 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 GabbardSeveral 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall More than one in 10 in new poll say men are 'better suited emotionally' for politics Buttigieg second most talked-about candidate on cable news shows: analysis 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 BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenFive former Obama ambassadors back Buttigieg Report: Biden will announce 2020 bid next week The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Five former Obama ambassadors back Buttigieg Both sides were wrong about Mueller report, and none of it will likely matter for 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisFive former Obama ambassadors back Buttigieg Harris: Integrity of US justice system 'took a real blow' with Barr's actions Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina 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.