Watch live: Eric Garcetti, potential 2020 presidential candidate, speaks at the City Club
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Let the 2020 speculation begin. Before the gubernatorial elections even take place on Nov. 6, at least one potential Democratic presidential candidates is making his way to the Buckeye State.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will make a slew of appearances around the state, including headlining a City Club of Cleveland forum today, a noted stop in Ohio for just about anyone with presidential aspirations. Garcetti will speak beginning around 12:30 p.m., with a question and answer session following.
Garcetti is one of a long list of Democrats reportedly with eyes on challenging Republican President Donald Trump in 2020. Unlike almost every other potential candidate, he’s been open about considering a run.
“Since our founding, we’ve often had big city mayors address the City Club—Cleveland’s Newton D. Baker and Toledo’s Brand Whitlock in 1912 or Pittsburgh’s Bill Peduto and LA’s Eric Garcetti in 2018,” said City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop in an email. “And we’ve also had plenty of presidential hopefuls stop by on their way up, too, candidates such as Robert F. Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Jimmy Carter, and Ben Carson. If Mayor Garcetti really is running, well then I guess he’ll be checking a couple of boxes here at the City Club.”
The City Club forum is just one of many stops Garcetti is making on a three-day swing through the state. On Thursday, he visited Youngstown. After his City Club speech, he heads to Akron and Columbus before a series of events in Cincinnati on Saturday.
To view Garcetti’s speech, view the livestream above.