No 2020 White House run for Dem Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio

John Minchillo  Associated Press

John Minchillo Associated Press

"I am just letting you know, I will not run for president in 2020", Brown said on the call, which BuzzFeed News was invited to join.

"Being president isn't something I have dreamed of my whole life or even for years", Brown said in a statement. Sherrod announced today that he has decided not to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

First, I want to say thank you. Despite his decision not to run, Brown is expected to push for policies that include expanding overtime pay, universal child care and raising the minimum wage.

Brown told his circle of advisers that his listening tours to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and SC helped him see that he wasn't fully committed to the rigors of an uphill primary campaign in a crowded field. "That's why I'm confident it will continue to be a focus for Democrats in 2020, and I plan on making sure that happens", Brown said in a release. In his most recent reelection bid in 2018, Brown won counties like Trumbull that Trump had carried in 2016.

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He also explained his decision in a Twitter thread drawing attention to his tour to make "dignity of work a centerpiece of Democrats' 2020 campaign".

During a tour stop in Las Vegas last month, Brown promised to be "the most pro-union candidate" for president if he ran.

Three other possible Democratic contenders - former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of OR - also announced this week that they would not run.

Not only are other candidates starting to talk about the dignity of work, voters across the country are demanding it.

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Throughout the past couple of months, Sherrod Brown has campaigned in four early primary and caucus states.

The 66-year-old had emerged as a potentially strong challenger to Trump after winning re-election in November in a state that Trump carried by almost 11 percentage points in 2016.

Brown, like Trump and Sanders, had opposed trade agreements on the grounds that they slighted blue-collar workers in this country and contributed to broad job losses in a swath of states.

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