Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) is not ruling out a 2020 presidential bid, saying he believes Democrats need a nominee who prioritizes the issue of climate change, according to Politico.
“I think our country needs a Democratic Party to produce a nominee who’s going to really be committed to climate change and defeating climate change and creating a clean energy economic message and clean energy jobs,” Inslee told the outlet. “I think we’ll need a candidate who will do that.”
“Right now, I’m trying to help everybody in 2018,” Inslee added.
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Inslee in June headlined an Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame dinner, and he is planning to headline another event in the state in October, according to Politico.
He has emerged as a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, which has led to plenty of speculation that he is preparing a possible run for the White House.
But he would face a number of better-known Democrats in what is expected to be a crowded primary if he chooses to run for the White House.
Inslee, the head of the Democratic Governors Association, has criticized the Trump administration over its “zero tolerance” immigration policy, deregulatory stance on environmental issues, and gun control.
“There’s really a reason to be bullish on Democratic races across the country,” Inslee told Politico. “What is brewing is a massive rejection of the Trump anxiety and chaos.”
Another possible presidential contender, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), last week said she will consider running for president after the midterm elections. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) before that said he thinks it would be “irresponsible” for him to not consider the presidency.