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Casey Won’t Run For President

January 18, 2019
Casey Won't Run For President

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said today he won’t run for president in 2020.

“2020 is not the time for me to run for President, but it is the right time for me to continue to fight the battles I have fought as U.S. senator and state official,” the Scranton Democrat said in a statement issued about 9 a.m.. “I have no doubt that our Democratic Party will nominate a candidate who can win Pennsylvania and the presidency.”

Casey, 58, said he expects 2020 will bring “the most important presidential election of the modern era.” Democrats hope to unseat Republican President Donald Trump next year.

“The middle class and those struggling to climb another rung on the ladder into the middle-class have never had more burdens,” he said. . The Trump Administration and Washington Republicans have stacked the deck against them by undermining healthcare protections, rigging the tax code for the wealthiest and corporate interests and ignoring the high costs of childcare, prescription drugs, and college tuition,” Casey said in his statement. “Extremist Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate have strongly supported federal budget proposals to turn Medicare into a voucher program and decimate Medicaid, threatening care for our children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Casey won election to a third, six-year Senate term in November with a strong showing against Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton. He finished stronger than 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in every county. Citing that, shortly after the election he said he would think about running for president, but made no moves to do so such as travel to early primary and caucus states or organizing a staff.

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