WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.
- The Democratic White House hopeful told MSNBC it had “become clear” he would not be his party’s nominee and was thus withdrawing his candidacy.
- The governor had said that climate change is “the most urgent challenge of our time” and hoped that by running he can elevate the issue to the center of the political discourse.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.
The Democratic White House hopeful, who launched his campaign in March with fighting climate change as his one and only focus, announced he was withdrawing his campaign during an interview on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.
The 68-year-old state leader had tried hard to gain traction in the growing Democratic presidential field. Inslee was also unlikely to qualify for September’s debate to be held in Houston, Texas.
The governor told MSNBC it had “become clear” he would not be his party’s nominee and was thus canceling his candidacy. In July, California congressman Eric Swalwell has withdrawn from the 2020 presidential race followed by the former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper who dropped out from the race last week.
“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,” Inslee said.
The governor said he would announce on Thursday about “the future of his political career”, including whether he would seek re-election as Washington state governor.
Inslee had dubbed climate change “the most urgent challenge of our time” and largely ran to elevate the issue to the center of the political discourse, according to The Guardian.
The governor was part of the first two Democratic primary debates. However, he fell short of the requirements for the third debate next month, as well as a CNN town hall focused on climate change – despite it being his main focus.
“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,” Inslee said.
“I believe we are going to have a candidate to fight this battle.”
Source: The Guardian