No candidate seeking the Democratic nomination has more executive experience than Washington’s Democratic Governor Jay Inslee, who recently announced he will be running in the 2020 presidential election.
Inslee represented Washington State in Congress for more than 20 years before he was elected to the governorship in 2012.
ABC News reports the governor announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination in a video uploaded to his social media pages.
“We went to the moon, and created technologies that have changed the world,” Inslee said in the video. “Our country’s next mission must be to rise up to the most urgent challenge of our time: defeating climate change.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 1, 2019
Here’s more, from ABC News:
While Inslee, 68, was elected governor in 2012, he doesn’t have much name recognition outside his home state. He now faces the difficult task in breaking through in a field of Democrats that already includes six U.S. senators, two current and former members of Congress and a former cabinet secretary.
But the Seattle native, who’s held elected office since 1989, is betting the growing threat of climate change will be a top-of-mind issue for Democratic voters.
Inslee recently brought up the importance of combating climate change during the National Governor’s Association Winter Meeting in Washington D.C.
BREAKING: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces bid for Democratic nomination for president in 2020. https://t.co/RyEyfrjS27
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 1, 2019
“This is a moment. This is the 11th hour to defeat climate change. It is a moment of great urgency, but it is also this incredible opportunity to seize for job creation,” Inslee said to ABC News during the meeting last week.
“Mother Nature is making it break through, not me. Because Mother Nature, aggravated by climate change and carbon pollution, has burned down Paradise, California, drowned Houston, and is now drowning Miami Beach,” the governor continued. “This wake-up call is being delivered, and people are responding to it.”
VIDEO: This is our moment, our climate, our mission — together, we can defeat climate change. That's why I'm running for president. Join #OurClimateMoment today https://t.co/zg8ILGyk0Z pic.twitter.com/pUZVxyzfc5
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) March 1, 2019
Here’s even more on Inslee’s run, via ABC News:
Inslee will officially kick off his campaign with an event Friday afternoon in Seattle at a solar energy company, touting his work as governor growing his state’s clean energy industry.
The governor also will appear on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopolous,” on Sunday, and will make his first trip to Iowa as a candidate on Tuesday, followed by campaign trips to Nevada and California later this month.
Some people who responded to his announcement online said they had no idea who he is or what he stands for:
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