Murphy: I’m Not Running for President

By on October 11, 2017
Sen. Chris Murphy

Lots of names are already floating around as potential Democratic 2020 nominees, but Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) says that he isn’t counting his name among them.

Speaking on CBS News podcast “The Takeout” earlier this week, Murphy ruled himself out of the 2020 race and instead said he’s focusing on his 2018 re-election bid to the Senate.

“I am not running for president. I am running for re-election to the Senate,” Murphy said.

“Really, not running for president?” asked CBS political director Steve Chaggaris, pushing the issue.

“I’m running for re-election. I have to ask the voters of Connecticut to send me back for a second term in 2018, so that is where all of my focus is,” Murphy answered.

Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are among a crop of early names who have been floating around the ether as potential candidates. With Hillary Clinton living in de facto exile and former President Barack Obama focusing on other endeavors, Democrats are looking for a new leader to emerge as the face of the party. It’s a crowded field thus far, but the primary season will be here before we know it and if the Democrats seriously want to oust Donald Trump in 2020, they’re going to have to find a unifying figure to get behind.

Murphy apparently will not be that figure. Though he has ruled out running for President, Murphy says he wants to be a leading voice in developing new leaders in the party.

“I’m certainly interested in taking part in that exercise, but my focus is fundamentally on the people of Connecticut and asking them for a second term,” he said.

This illustrates the issue among many Democrats right now who feel they are vulnerable. Their focus is inward, and understandably so, but the development of new, young leaders is eventually going to have to be a party-wide priority.