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 BrownMnuchin says he and Pelosi have agreed to restart coronavirus stimulus talks Harris faces pivotal moment with Supreme Court battle Remote work poses state tax challenges 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 TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts 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 GillibrandSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Suburban moms are going to decide the 2020 election 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 WarrenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Democrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds 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 GabbardRepublicans call on DOJ to investigate Netflix over 'Cuties' film Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses slate of non-Hispanic candidates Gabbard says she 'was not invited to participate in any way' in Democratic convention 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 BidenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Biden campaign sells 'I paid more income taxes than Trump' stickers Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose The role (un)happiness plays in how people vote MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose Dwayne Johnson backs Biden in first public presidential endorsement Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act 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.