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 CaseyBiden racks up congressional endorsements The Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' Dems accuse White House of caving to Trump's 'ego' on Russian meddling 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 TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey 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 Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race Cory Booker releases 10 years of tax returns Buttigieg gets first congressional endorsement MORE (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenColbert links large 2020 Dem field to Avengers: 'A group of every available person in the universe' Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary Sanders dominates, Buttigieg surges in 2020 social media battle 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 BrownOn The Money: Treasury misses second Dem deadline on Trump tax returns | Waters renews calls for impeachment | Dem wants Fed pick to apologize for calling Ohio cities 'armpits of America' | Stocks reach record high after long recovery Sherrod Brown asks Trump Fed pick why he referred to Cleveland, Cincinnati as 'armpits of America' Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates 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 BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenElection analyst says Biden could face uphill battle attracting small-dollar donors Biden's announcement was a general election message, says political analyst Gillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersElection analyst says Biden could face uphill battle attracting small-dollar donors Gillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race Biden's sloppy launch may cost him MORE (I-Vt.).

--Updated at 9:43 a.m.