Mitch Landrieu on 2020 run: ‘I don't think I'm going to do it’

Mitch Landrieu on 2020 run: ‘I don't think I'm going to do it’
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Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) Wednesday poured cold water on speculation that he might run for president in 2020.

“I don’t think so. A lot of people have asked me that. I never say never, but at this point in time, I don’t think I’m going to do it,” Landrieu said on CNN when asked if he would launch a White House bid.

“The field is getting filled up. I think the Democrats have a lot of great candidates," he added. "I feel very comfortable that there are people who are going to get into this race. Each and every one of them, by the way, are better than what President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE is offering for the country right now.”

Landrieu has been discussed among election prognosticators as a potential dark horse in the 2020 Democratic primary field. A speech he gave in 2017 about removing Confederate monuments, coupled with a book he authored on the same subject, generated buzz, with many suggesting a southern Democrat could appeal to working-class voters who supported Trump in 2016.

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“Having won statewide in a deep-red state and citywide among a predominantly black, Democratic electorate, he has some track record in bridging these divides,” Democratic strategist Adam Sharp told The Hill in 2017. “There may be more paths open for him nationally than there are statewide right now.”

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Many of those who have officially announced appear to be courting the progressive wing of the Democratic base. Landrieu’s candidacy likely would have pulled the bulk of its support from moderates in the party.