Sen. Casey says he won't run for president in 2020

Sen. Casey says he won't run for president in 2020
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Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyThe US needs to lead again on disability rights No one wins with pro-abortion litmus test New ObamaCare enrollment period faces Trump headwinds MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) on Friday announced that he will not mount a bid for the White House in 2020.

In a statement, Casey accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE of undermining key institutions in the U.S., casting a Democratic win in 2020 as crucial to protecting the country against an “erratic” president.

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“With all of these challenges confronting us and with our Commonwealth playing a potentially decisive role in the 2020 vote, I believed it was important for me to at least consider the monumental undertaking of running for President,” Casey said in a statement.

“After two months of considering it, I have concluded that the best way for me to fight for the America that so many of us believe in is to stay in the U.S. Senate and not run for the presidency in 2020.”

A likely crowded Democratic field has started forming in the last month with Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWhite House, Congress near deal to give 12 weeks paid parental leave to all federal workers Bloomberg on 2020 rivals blasting him for using his own money: 'They had a chance to go out and make a lot of money' Harris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day MORE (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash MORE (D-Mass.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro all announcing bids for the White House.

Casey had been floated as a potential 2020 contender, especially after his successful reelection bid last year in a state that Trump carried narrowly in 2016.

Casey’s win in 2018 put him in the same league as other potential 2020 hopefuls, like Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownBoth sides have reason to want speedy Trump impeachment trial Lawmakers battle over future of Ex-Im Bank Hillicon Valley: Senate Dems unveil privacy bill | Trump campaign, RNC rip Google political ad policy | Activists form national coalition to take on Amazon | Commerce issues rule to secure communications supply chain MORE (D-Ohio), who similarly won reelection last year in a state that has leaned more recently towards Republicans.

Casey, a former Pennsylvania state treasurer, said on Friday that he believed Democrats would nominate a presidential candidate capable of winning his home state and, ultimately, the White House.

“2020 is not the time for me to run for President, but it is the right time for me to continue to fight the battles I have fought as U.S. Senator and state official,” he said. “I have no doubt that our Democratic Party will nominate a candidate who can win Pennsylvania and the Presidency.”

A handful of other Democrats are expected to announce their 2020 intentions in the coming weeks and months, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Trump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (I-Vt.).

--Updated at 9:43 a.m.