COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - UPDATE: 03/10/19
On Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press, Sen. Sherrod Brown discussed his reasons for not running for president.
He said, “I went to the floor after I announced I wasn’t going to run and talked about civil rights and voting rights and worker rights and a Supreme Court that puts its thumb on the scales of justice, in favoring corporations over workers and health insurance company over sick people and Wall Street over consumers. I will continue that economic populous fight, always through the eyes of workers. It's what we are as a party. I think I can drive that better from the senate as I can of 1 out of 15 or 20 candidates."
ORIGINAL STORY: 03/07/19
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says he won't run for president in 2020 after making an exploratory swing through early-voting states.
The Democrat announced his decision Thursday to a group of home-state reporters.
Brown said his "dignity of work" tour succeeded in its mission of putting the struggles of working people on the Democrats' 2020 radar. He said his most effective role remains in the Senate.
Brown emerged as a prospective challenger to Republican President Donald Trump after his solid re-election in November in a state that Trump carried by nearly 11 points in 2016.
Brown won with support throughout many blue-collar areas that Democrats had ceded to Trump.
Brown said he will continue to call out what he calls Trump's "phony populism."
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