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Murphy “Rule[s]” Out 2020 Run; Do We Believe Him?

October 11, 2017 By Staff
Murphy “Rule[s]” Out 2020 Run; Do We Believe Him?

Connecticut's junior senator seemed adamant he's not running for president now, but will that change by 2019?

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told CBS News this week that he’s ruling out a run for president in 2020, his strongest comments to date on not challenging President Donald Trump for the highest elected office in the land.

According to CBS News‘ Rebecca Shabad:

“I am not running for president. I am running for re-election to the Senate,” the Connecticut Democrat said in an interview with CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett and Political Director Steve Chaggaris on “The Takeout” podcast. The episode will air Friday on CBS News’ streaming channel CBSN and on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

…”Am I ruling it out?” Murphy asked. “Here we go, I’ll rule it out for you,” he said after Chaggaris asked again about any presidential aspirations for 2020 — which would be after his 2018 re-election campaign.

“Really? Not running for president,” Chaggaris pressed.

“I’m running for re-election,” said Murphy, who was first elected to the Senate in 2012, succeeding independent Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Of course, a young senator named Barack Obama made similar comments, just three years ahead of his run for president:

“I am not running for president. I am not running for president in four years. I am not running for president in 2008.”

–Barack Obama, Nov. 3, 2004

Axios reported back in September that Murphy “has begun seeking staff” for a 2020 White House run.