Washington Governor Jay Inslee has dropped from the 2020 presidential race and is no longer seeking the Democratic nomination to take on President Trump.
The Washington Examiner reports the decision to drop from the race came amid the realization that he did not stand a chance to win the election.
Inslee made the announcement during an interview on Wednesday night on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow.
“It has become clear that we’re not going to be carrying the ball, I’m not going to be the president, so I’m withdrawing tonight from the race,” Inslee said per the report.
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The Washington governor continued: “I’ve been fighting climate change for 25 years and I’ve never been so confident of the ability of America now to reach critical mass to move the ball.”
The Associated Press reports:
Inslee said that he was confident that Democrats would select a nominee who would champion climate change issues but that it had become clear that he wouldn’t be the person selected. Inslee said he was not endorsing anyone but would support whoever is the nominee.
“I believe we’re going to have a candidate to fight this battle,” he said on MSNBC. “I’m inspired by the people I’ve met across the country. I’m not going to carry the ball but we’re going to make sure somebody is.”
Inslee, who had previously been scheduled to visit New Hampshire on Thursday, will now be back in Washington state for a morning news conference at Planned Parenthood in Seattle regarding the Title X family planning program.
So early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and organize. Together, we will continue the fight to defeat the climate crisis.
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) August 22, 2019
And, per the Washington Examiner:
In a letter to supporters sent out after the announcement, Inslee said that his campaign had made climate change a more salient issue among the wide slate of candidates currently vying to take on President Trump.
“In recent presidential cycles, climate change got little attention from the candidates, the DNC, or the media,” Inslee said. “We vowed to change that in a big way and succeeded. Many of the campaigns started with little attention to climate, but since our campaign began, we’ve seen almost every serious candidate put out a climate plan; we’ve seen climate come up in both debates; and we now have two networks hosting nationally-televised climate forums in September.”
“What we accomplished together is a testament to the power of a small group of people of strong conviction committed to making a big difference,” he added.
Inslee revealed to Maddow that he would be announcing his next move in politics—which could include running for a third term for his state’s governorship.
The state’s Republican Party chairman said a potential third run could make the seat vulnerable.
“Getting elected to a third term is a tough task,” State Republican Party Chairman Caleb Heimlich said per the Associated Press. “And doing so on the heels of a failed presidential campaign where you sent a message to voters that you want a different job, that doesn’t sit very well.”
Inslee’s decision to drop from the race also comes amid him failing to qualify for the third Democratic debates.
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who also recently dropped from the 2020 presidential election, announced on Thursday that he will be launching a senatorial bid in 2020, challenging Republican Senator Cory Gardner.
“I don’t think Cory Gardner understands that the games he’s playing with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are hurting the people of Colorado,” Hickenlooper said in a campaign video, Politico reports.
“Look, I’m a straight shooter. I’ve always said Washington was a lousy place for a guy like me who wants to get things done,” Hickenlooper continued. “But this is no time to walk away from the table. I know changing Washington is hard, but I want to give it a shot.”
Hickenlooper also dropped from the presidency after failing to qualify for the third Democratic debates.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.