Sherrod Brown: 'Don't know' if I'm best candidate to challenge Trump in 2020

Sherrod Brown: 'Don't know' if I'm best candidate to challenge Trump in 2020

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who is mulling a bid for president in 2020, said Sunday that he doesn't know if he would be the best candidate to challenge 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.

“I don’t know. … I’ve said before, I didn’t dream all my life to be president, I wanted to play center field for the Cleveland Indians. That door has apparently closed," Brown said on CNN's "State of the Union."


But Brown added that he has been "pretty overwhelmed" with the number of people who approached him about running after the midterm election and said he believes his record of supporting workers would appeal to voters across the country.

Brown said he would fight for "better tax and trade policies," better health care and better consumer protections.

"I’ve heard from a lot of people about taking that on. And it’s not just a message that works in the industrial midwest and in states that we need to beat President Trump. It’s also a message for the X-ray technician in Oakland and the construction worker in Augusta, Maine," Brown said.

"It’s the respect and dignity of work matters for this country and ... neither party has paid enough attention to that," he continued.

Brown has said repeatedly that he is considering running for the Democratic nomination in 2020, including when he said last week that he was "seriously thinking" about it.

Brown also said on Sunday that he isn't committing to vote against a new trade deal the Trump administration worked out with Mexico and Canada, but wants changes.

“The work is not done yet," he said. "I understand the president said it's final. The president needs to talk to Congress on this. And we can go back to the table with the Mexicans and the Canadians and do stronger labor standards."

— This report was updated at 12:43 p.m.