“These rights are fundamental to our shared belief in the promise of America, a promise of the freedom and power to pursue our dreams and earn a fair share of this country’s vast wealth,” Steyer said in a statement announcing the tour. “A hostile takeover of our democracy by large corporations and their enablers in politics has eroded that promise, and we must act to reclaim that power and put it back in the hands of the American people.”
The tour begins Dec. 4 with an event in Charleston, S.C., and moves on to Fresno, Calif. There will also be stops in the key presidential primary and caucus states of Nevada, New Hampshire and Iowa, according to Steyer spokeswoman Aleigha Cavalier.
Tuesday’s launch also includes a six-figure Web ad buy on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, Cavalier said.
In an interview with The Washington Post in his San Francisco office in September, Steyer demurred when asked whether he plans to run for president. But he did suggest the next president need not be a current or former senator or governor.
“I think that the most important thing is going to be to have somebody who [has] thought really deeply on these issues in terms of understanding both how the process works and how that policy works,” he said. “That’s a real hurdle for everybody . . . Watching Mr. Trump, what you see is he hasn’t really thought about the policy implications of a lot of what he’s doing.”
Trump is the first person to win the presidency with no experience in public office or the military. Were Steyer to win, he would be the second.
The potential 2020 Democratic field includes dozens of would-be contenders, such as former vice president Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. One advantage Steyer would bring to the race, according to his team, is a network of more than 6 million grass-roots supporters built through his Need to Impeach effort.
The day after Election Day, Steyer was in Washington. During remarks to reporters at a news conference organized by environmental groups, it was clear future elections were on his mind.
“Flipping the House was a big step forward,” he added. “But we have to realize that’s just a step.”