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Should Sherrod Brown run for president in 2020?

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown just won a hard-fought campaign to maintain his seat in Ohio. After beating back a strong challenge from a conservative opponent in Ohio, a state rapidly becoming more red than purple, many liberals are hoping they may have found a moderate Democrat to take back the middle of the country from President Trump. Others believe he's not liberal enough for the new Democratic party. What do you think?

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In March of 2019, Brown announced that he would no longer be making a 2020 presidential bid. On Twitter, Brown reaffirmed his desire to fight for Democratic principles, but said he chooses to do so from the U.S. Senate. Brown assured constituents that he will continue to fight against President Trump's "phony populism." He says: 

We’ve seen candidates begin taking up the dignity of work fight, and we have seen voters across the country demanding it—because dignity of work is a value that unites all of us. It is how we beat Trump, and it is how we should govern.

Although some are supportive of Brown's choice, others are disappointed that a candidate from the Midwest is already leaving the race. 

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Shortly before the midterm elections, the Washington Post listed Brown favorably tenth on its list of top 15 potential presidential candidates. 

If Democrats want to go populist and progressive, Brown fits the bill. If they're worried about losing the Rust Belt and the white working class again, he also fits the bill, and does so better than any name on this list. And he seems to have a newfound appetite for national politics, even musing to The Post's Ben Terris about whether he would have helped Hillary Clinton win as her VP pick in 2016. Call this your first real sleeper pick.

Brown was listed before non-politicians like Oprah Winfrey and Mark Cuban, as well as Sen. Tim Kaine. 

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The Week's Matthew Walther has gone so far as to claim "Sherrod Brown is the Democrats' best shot in 2020." Walther claims Brown's adherence to middle-of-the-road social policies and more hard-line international positions make him a lock for midwest and rural voters who were attracted to Trump's populist message in 2016. 

If I were asked to guess the Democratic politician most likely to win a presidential election in two years, I would name Brown without hesitation. He has been an articulate critic of free trade for decades; his 2006 book on the subject is still the best primer on the North and Central American Free Trade Agreements ever written. Unlike many progressives he has openly praised Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods, which are popular in Ohio and with private sector union voters everywhere. He has been extraordinarily consistent on this all-important issue over the years: In 2012, he even wrote the Pentagon to express his disgust with Air Force troops deployed to Afghanistan being outfitted with Chinese-made boots. Meanwhile he has opposed comprehensive immigration reform and guest worker programs and supported the construction of a border wall.
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However, Brown's moderate platform could hurt him in a rapidly changing Democratic party. Per the New York Times:

Yet at a time when Mr. Trump has stoked a fire-breathing liberalism among some Democrats, Mr. Brown has not embraced some key progressive issues, including Medicare for All. And after a midterm season that swept women and minority candidates into office and crowned new progressive superstars, he is a white male career politician from the Midwest.
“Democrats win the White House when we have a new, fresh face who’s inspiring and talking a lot about the future,” said Rebecca Katz, a Democratic strategist from the party’s progressive wing.
“He’s a traditional Democrat,” she continued, “and I think in the post-Bernie era, it seems that Democratic voters want more than that.”
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Jordan Weissman at Slate has presented another possible issue with a Brown presidential run in 2020. If—and Weissman is thinking very far in the future and making many assumptions—Brown runs and wins the presidency, his Senate seat would be vacated, to be filled by Ohio's conservative governor. In Weissman's view, maintaining a Democratic foothold in Ohio is more important that Brown running for president.

In many ways, the race for the Senate will be as important in 2020 as the race for the presidency, since winning the White House without also taking the upper chamber would make it difficult, if not impossible, for a Democratic administration to run the country effectively. President Brown or Harris or Sanders certainly would not be able to pass any major progressive legislation. The ability to nominate Supreme Court justices would be severely hampered, and potentially blocked altogether. Republicans might also try to block all of their appeals court judges, or stonewall Cabinet picks. Imagine the grinding, final years of the Obama presidency, but with a new administration that hasn’t had a chance to put in place any key political appointees. It’s not a pretty thought.
...If Brown were to win the presidency, the state’s newly elected GOP governor, Mike DeWine, would get to fill his Senate seat with a Republican until the next statewide election. That means Democrats would need five total flips just to claim a bare majority capable of governing in the initial years of their new administration. And given that, once again, Brown’s main appeal is that he’s the only Democrat seemingly capable of winning in Ohio, his seat could be lost for the foreseeable future.
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