Fresh from their party’s victory in recapturing the House this month and with President Trump continuing to founder in the polls, several prominent Democrats said over the weekend that they are considering running for the White House in 2020, while stopping short of announcing their bids.
In an interview with N.J. Advance Media published Sunday, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said he’s being urged by supporters to pursue a 2020 presidential run.
“I will consider running for president,” Booker said. “That’s something that I will do. There’s people in New Jersey who are talking to me about it, across the country that are talking to me about it, so I will consider that.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also said she is mulling a bid, although she declined to say definitively whether she plans to run. In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” she touted her bipartisan appeal and her reputation as someone who “likes to get things done.”
“Well, people are talking to me about this, I think, in part because I’ve worked really hard to go not just where it’s comfortable but where it’s uncomfortable, and did well in a number of those places that Donald Trump won,” Klobuchar said.
She added: “But right now, I am just still thinking about this, talking to people. I’m sorry to say, I have no announcement for you on your show.”
While they fell short of reclaiming the Senate on Nov. 6, Democrats gained more than three dozen seats in the House, retaking the chamber for the first time in eight years.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll released this month showed that 40 percent of adults approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 53 percent disapprove.
In addition to Klobuchar and Booker, several other potential 2020 contenders hinted at their White House intentions Sunday.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said he was “seriously thinking about” running for president and that he and his wife have been “overwhelmed” by the number of people urging him to consider a run.
“We’re seriously talking about it with family and friends and political allies who have come to me about this,” he said on “This Week.” Brown discussed how Ohio had become more conservative over time and said he hoped his party would craft a message around “respecting workers” in 2020.
Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer, who has been inching toward a 2020 bid, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he hasn’t decided to run and dismissed the notion that his recently released “Five Rights” framework is the equivalent of a presidential platform.
But Steyer, who is best known for his Need to Impeach campaign, also said impeaching Trump is “an absolute first step to getting towards a positive vision for the country.”
And Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who has not closed the door to running as an independent in 2020, said he, too, is “very seriously” considering a run for president, though he offered no timetable.
Appearing on “This Week,” Kasich said “we need different leadership, there isn’t any question about it.” He said he saw merit in running even if the chances of winning were slim, as long as he could “make a good showing” that would “send a message that can disrupt the political system in this country.”
“All options are on the table for me,” he said. “You obviously want to have some sort of a practical opportunity, but you want to be able to make a statement.”
Kasich said that if Trump were to win the Republican nomination and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) won the Democratic nomination, there might be a window for a bipartisan ticket to claim moderate voters.
“That would be something that I would talk to you about offline and get your view,” he said to host George Stephanopoulos.
Kasich said he likes Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) but joked that his “name’s too long” to form a bipartisan ticket.
“ ‘Hickenlooper-Kasich,’ you couldn’t fit it on a bumper sticker,” he said. “You’d need to, like, go around with billboards or something.”