“I hope people running for president hear this message about the dignity of work and start talking more this way,” Brown said. “The way we’ve done it serves as a blueprint in 2020. I don’t want the 2020 election to be the Democrats winning the popular vote by 4 million votes this time and lose the presidency because they can’t win my region.”
Brown, whose plans were first reported by Cleveland.com, ran his Senate campaign espousing liberal positions but still won reelection in a state that Trump carried by nearly eight percentage points in 2016. The senator’s staff Monday highlighted that he wears suits made 10 miles from his home in Cleveland, drives a Jeep Cherokee made in Toledo and rather than wearing a Senate pin on his lapel, wears a canary pin given to him by an Ohio steelworker.
Last week, Brown won more than 53 percent of the vote against his Republican challenger, Rep. James B. Renacci, who was closely aligned with Trump.
Before last week’s victory, Brown had said he was “not actively considering” a White House run.
“I really didn’t grow up with this dream of running for president,” he said. “My dream was to play center field for the Cleveland Indians, but that never came to pass.”
Brown said he and his wife, Connie Schultz, are overwhelmed by the response they have received in the days since his election.
“I really wasn’t thinking seriously about this until the day after the election,” he said, referring to a potential White House bid. “A number of people, some of whose names you know well but who I am not going to reveal, have asked me to start thinking seriously about this.”
He said he anticipates making a decision “well after Christmas,” based on discussions with his family and whether there continues to be a groundswell of support for him to run.
“I understand a number of my colleagues have been to Iowa and New Hampshire dozens of times,” he said. “Maybe I have catching up to do in terms of hiring up in Iowa. But the fact that . . . I’ve lived this and worked this and talk about the dignity of all work — that’s an appealing message in an increasingly Republican state.”
The Democratic field could include several of Brown’s colleagues in the Senate.
Last week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said she would give a 2020 presidential bid “a long, hard thought of consideration,” marking a shift in posture from how she addressed questions about her ambitions during her just-concluded reelection campaign.
Others looking at White House bids include Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).