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Murphy Says He’s Not Interested in 2020. Is That True?

June 15, 2017 By Staff
Murphy Says He’s Not Interested in 2020. Is That True?

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told WNPR that he's not interested in a presidential run in three years. Still, he's on a lot of rumor lists.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) insisted on WNPR this week that he’s not interested in a run for president in 2020.

On WNPR‘s “Where We Live” Murphy said “no, I’m not” interested in running for president (around the 31:30 mark in the program’s Facebook video of the talk). “I have to get through re-election in 2018, so that’s my priority.”

Murphy did say, though, that he’s interested in being a “national leader.”

FIRING UP THE BASE

The Day opinion writer David Collins wrote in an op-ed, of the Murphy answer, that he doesn’t “see Murphy as the kind of Democrat who is going to move things beyond.”

But he keeps coming up on the 2020 long lists, especially as he fires up the progressive base with his pledges of total resistance to President Donald Trump.

And, as Collins pointed out, Trump strategist Steve Bannon ordered subordinates to dig up oppo on Murphy earlier this year, a sign the White House views him as a serious contender.

SEEING THE SIGNS

As of now, Murphy is not making some of the traditional moves potential presidential contenders make ahead of a run: he has not visited Iowa or New Hampshire recently, all appears quiet with his leadership PAC, and – as he mentioned himself – he has to get through a re-election campaign first.

But watch out for the junior senator from Connecticut, because things can change in a flash.