Sherrod Brown: Biden's potential White House bid had 'zero' influence on decision not to run

Sherrod Brown: Biden's potential White House bid had 'zero' influence on decision not to run
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Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOn The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls Lawmakers grapple with the future of America's workforce The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate MORE (D-Ohio), who announced last week that he won't run for president, said Sunday that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Castro swears off donations from oil, gas, coal executives Meghan McCain on Pelosi-Trump feud: 'Put this crap aside' and 'work together for America' MORE's potential 2020 bid did not influence his decision not to launch his own campaign.

“It was none of that. I know it’s been reported, but people who reported that never called me, never called Connie. … I like Joe Biden. I just haven’t talked to him," Brown said during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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Brown added that he was asked several times on the campaign trail by voters what kind of influence Biden's decision would have on his own.

“My answer was always, ‘Zero,'" Brown said.

Some political commentators have speculated that Brown's decision not to run will benefit Biden by opening a window to win over working-class voters and labor unions. Biden is reportedly close to announcing his candidacy.

Brown last week announced his decision not to run for president, saying that he thinks the best way he can serve the country is from the Senate.

“I will keep calling out Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE and his phony populism. I will keep fighting for all workers across the country. And I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate in 2020," he said in a statement.

"The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate," Brown added.