Brown, a three-term senator from the swing state of OH, said he would continue the fight to make his "dignity of work" platform a centerpiece of the Democratic agenda, but that his party would be best served by him remaining in the US Senate.
Brown, who recently conducted a multistate "dignity of work" tour, announced that he decided "the best way for him to continue his fight for workers is by serving OH in the U.S. Senate".
He said he made the decision Wednesday after saying as recently as a few days ago that he would decide whether he'd run by the end of this month.
Brown told his circle of advisers that his listening tours to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and SC helped him see that he wasn't fully committed to the rigors of an uphill primary campaign in a crowded field. Trump won OH handily in 2016, but Brown also won reelection past year by a healthy margin.
He also explained his decision in a Twitter thread drawing attention to his tour to make "dignity of work a centerpiece of Democrats' 2020 campaign".
Brown would have been joining an ever-expanding field, but now he is among a handful of prominent Democrats to forgo a presidential run.
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Not only are other candidates starting to talk about the dignity of work, voters across the country are demanding it. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon). Clinton also reiterated that she was not running for president. Democrats are awaiting word from former vice president Joe Biden and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke about whether they will undertake highly anticipated campaigns that could reshape the race.
Believe me, we will fight.
Three other possible Democratic contenders - former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of OR - also announced this week that they would not run. So, I will not run for President in 2020.
"We're doing a dignity of work listening tour", Brown told CNN about the tour.
Top Democrats are split about whether Ohio, Brown's home state, will be a battleground in the 2020 election.
So as I think about the work we have left to do - from making sure truck drivers and coal miners get the retirement they earned, to combating addiction, to helping the workers who were laid off in Lordstown - I am convinced the best place for me to make that fight is in the Senate.