Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, announced in March he wouldn’t run because he couldn’t see a clear path to victory in such a crowded Democratic field, especially with Biden in the race. However, he appeared to have a late-entry change of heart and announced on November 24 that he had entered the 2020 race. Bloomberg explained his candidacy in a letter on his campaign website, writing, “I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America. We cannot afford four more years of President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions.” As CNN points out, Bloomberg’s late bid—in addition to the funds the billionaire can spend to fund his campaign—brings a new level of uncertainty to the crowded race less than three months before the first voting begins.
Call Me VP, Maybe?
If there’s a time-honored tradition in American politics, it’s running for president (or talking about it) to get on the ticket as vice president. Some are likely doing just that. Among them:
Governors often spark interest in presidential cycles; Bullock, along with former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, 61, could be in that mix. Mayors of high-profile cities also can’t yet be counted out, including Eric Garcetti, 47, of Los Angeles, and Mitch Landrieu, 58, of New Orleans. Also don’t rule out former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, who told CNN, “If any of the nominees offered me the opportunity to run with them as their vice president after they have been selected as a nominee, of course I’d be honored to consider that.”
Bowing This One Out
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was rumored to be at least thinking about the idea of a third run, but in March 2019 she put the speculation to rest when she said definitively, “I’m not running,” in an interview with a New York City television station. Don’t think you won’t be hearing from her throughout the election cycle, however. “But I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe,” she said. And many candidates in the field have also turned to her for advice.
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who hails from the pivotal state of Ohio, was rumored to be weeks within announcing his bid for the presidency when he announced on March 7 that he would not be campaigning for the White House. His news was a huge disappointment to some who felt he could have been a major contender, given his record of governing in Ohio and his “dignity of work” platform. In an interview on Pod Save America, he said he wasn’t sure he wanted the presidency enough; other rumors suggested say that party leaders pressured him to stay in the Senate, since Democrats need every seat they can get there to try to take the majority. He could still be a very attractive VP contender.
Andrew Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor who lost his bid to become the governor of Florida by less than half a percentage point, has announced his next political move—and it’s not running for president of the United States. Instead, Gillum is launching a voter-registration group to help Democrats win Florida in 2020—and ultimately, defeat President Trump. The group, called Forward Florida, already has close to $4 million in the bank, according to Politico. One of Forward Florida’s missions will be to solidify the Democratic base in the state. “Given the migration patterns in our state, and given the challenges we have around producing an electorate that’s favorable to Democrats to get out and vote—we’ve got to put more people in the game,” Gillum told the New York Times.
Michael Avenatti, lawyer to Trump accuser Stormy Daniels, took several jaunts to Iowa and threw plenty of elbows at Trump on TV and Twitter. After he notably told Time that the 2020 Democratic nominee “better be a white male” if the party wants a real chance of knocking Trump out, allegations—which Avenatti, 47, categorically denies—of domestic violence led him to set aside any White House ambitions for, he said, the sake of his family.
Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper officially dropped out of the race on August 15. The moderate candidate made his announcement via video, which he shared across social media. “This morning, I’m announcing that I’m no longer running for President. While this campaign didn’t have the outcome we were hoping for, every moment has been worthwhile & I’m thankful to everyone who supported this campaign and our entire team,” he wrote on Twitter. Hickenlooper also says he has given “serious thought” to running for Senate in Colorado, but has not made an official decision.
Washington governor Jay Inslee appeared on Rachel Maddow’s show on August 21 to announce that he was withdrawing from the race. His campaign was one that focused intensely on climate change with a 10-year-plan for moving toward clean energy. “It’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball. I’m not going to be the president, so I’m withdrawing tonight from the race,” he said and promised to make sure other candidates continued to focus on his core issue. “I’ve been fighting climate change for 25 years, and I’ve never been so confident of the ability of America now to reach critical mass to move the ball.”
Elizabeth Warren, for one, vowed in a tweet to continue his fight.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he is ending his campaign for president. He said he felt he had contributed “to this primary election” and that “it’s clearly not my time.”