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Eric Holder says he’ll make decision on 2020 bid after midterm elections

July 24, 2018

Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said he’s considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 and will decide after the midterm elections.

“I’m thinking about it, and what I’ve said is that I’d make a determination sometime early next year,” Mr. Holder said on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” “My focus, really, now is on 2018, the midterms and trying to make sure that Democrats take back the Senate, take back the House, and that we do well, importantly, at the state level.”

As the studio audience applauded, Mr. Colbert asked Mr. Holder,

“Were you just taking the temperature of America just now?”

Mr. Holder deadpanned, “I was just looking to see potential contributors, you know. And Cabinet members.”

The top law-enforcement official in the Obama administration said his focus currently is on the midterm elections, due to the impact on congressional redistricting that will take place after the 2020 census.

He is chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which is targeting elections in 12 key states this year in an effort to reduce the Republican Party’s influence in redistricting.

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