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Did Chris Murphy Just Have His First Audition for a 2020 Presidential Run?

May 16, 2018 By Staff
Did Chris Murphy Just Have His First Audition for a 2020 Presidential Run?

The junior senator spoke at the Center for American Progress (CAP)'s 2018 Ideas Fest, an event filled with liberal stars jockeying for 2020 presidential runs.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) may have just had his first, unofficial audition for a 2020 presidential run on Tuesday.

The junior senator from Connecticut was included in the “roll call” for the Center for American Progress (CAP)’s 2018 Ideas Fest, part of the “eight senators who might run for president,” according to Talking Points Memo (TPM).

TPM‘s Cameron Joseph reported:

The roll call included Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) — seven of the eight senators who might run for president.

The Washington Post, meanwhile, reported that Murphy, who was leading a discussion on gun violence, made the case that liberals have “won the argument” on the issue.

Democrats had more success when arguing that the party, after a year of Republican control in Washington, was already on track to win again. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who was joined onstage by student gun control activists, told the audience that the days of Democratic quivering before the National Rifle Association were over.

“We’ve won the argument,” said Murphy. “It is a question of intensity. It is a lack of voters who put gun violence on the top of their issues.”

If Murphy runs in 2020, his advocacy on gun issues will certainly be at the forefront of a potential presidential campaign.

Liberal columnist Dana Milbank posited that “[t]he perfect candidate to dethrone Trump” would have “the youth” of Murphy. Will such praise convince Murphy to run in a few years? Expect a decision some time in 2019.