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Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’s not interested in running for president

October 1, 2018

Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’s not interested in running for president

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says he is not the kind of guy who looks in the mirror every morning and sees a future president.

In an interview Monday with the cleveland.com/Plain Dealer editorial board, Brown said he is not among those circulating his name as a potential 2020 Democratic candidate for president. He said he believes others are suggesting him because he’s a Democrat who has consistently won a state that President Donald Trump carried by more than eight percent.

“I love this job,” Brown said of his U.S. Senate gig. “The other people on those lists are people that are out talking about it, are out campaigning across the country. I am not doing that.”

To run for president, Brown said, “you have to really want the job. I don’t really want the job.” However, Brown did not say he would never run for president in the future.

Brown said he’d already decided to vote against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before allegations were raised about inappropriate drunken sexual behavior in Kavanaugh’s youth.

Brown said he felt that Christine Blasey Ford, who last week testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about an alleged assault by a teenaged Kavanaugh, seemed more credible than the nominee.

“I know almost nobody who doesn’t believe her,” Brown said. “Why subject herself to the vitriol?”

Brown also said he found it suspicious that Republicans would not try to interview Mark Judge, a  friend of Kavanaugh’s who Ford claims witnessed the assault. Judge has submitted a statement that said he didn’t remember it.

“Why are Republicans in such a rush” for a vote? Brown asked. “They are afraid more things will come out and the public will believe them.”

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