Inslee takes steps toward presidential run
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee (D) is taking steps toward a potential run for the White House, according to an article published Monday by the political newspaper The Hill.
The Hill reports Inslee is forming a political action committee to pay for his travel expenses and is laying out an agenda heavy on combating climate change that he hopes will help him stand out in a crowded Democratic primary field.
Inslee said he would formally decided whether to run before the Washington state legislative session ends in April.
“We’ll make the decision as the right time,” Inslee said Saturday. “We are actively considering it and that has been going well.”
Inslee, The Hill reports, has begun trying to carve out a niche that differentiates from bigger name contenders.
“I’m not a senator, I’m a governor. Governors govern, and senators orate,” said Inslee.
To pay for future travel expenses, Inslee formed Vision PAC, which was first reported Sunday by the Seattle Times and public radio Northwest News Network.
Inslee said the Democratic nominee in 2020 needs to be able to stand up to President Trump.
“For some reason that I don’t understand, people in D.C. are intimidated by him. I don’t feel that intimidation. I feel emboldened in his presense.”
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