Published: Fri, August 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jay Inslee drops out of 2020 Democratic presidential primary

Jay Inslee drops out of 2020 Democratic presidential primary

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, announcing Wednesday night in an interview with MSNBC that he does not see a path forward for his campaign.

A former congressman from Bainbridge Island who was elected Washington's governor in 2012 and 2016, Inslee labored to gain traction in a presidential bid that focused nearly exclusively on fighting climate change.

Inslee is the third prominent Democratic candidate to withdraw from the race, following the paths of California Rep. Eric Swalwell and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

"I'm not going to be the president, so I'm withdrawing tonight from the race", he told Maddow, vowing he'd help keep the other 2020 candidates focused on issue of climate change, the centerpiece of his campaign. "I need to go back to the state of Washington and talk about what I'm going to do in my future political career".

Numerous 2020 candidates who have qualified for the Houston debate stage tweeted their support and appreciation for the Inslee campaign and its effects on the climate change conversation. I've been fighting climate change for 25 years and I've never been so confident of the ability of America now to reach critical mass to move the ball. Candidates may be talking about climate change, he told me on August 10 over a beer at Waters Edge Bar & Grill in Polk City, Iowa, but none understand what it will take to prevent the potentially catastrophic effects of a warming planet. The progressive cable television company has a rule that presidential hopefuls must attain 2 percent support in four or more polls to be eligible to participate.

Inslee and fellow climate alarmist Al Gore had tried to twist arms at the Democratic National Committee to create a standalone climate debate for presidential candidates.

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In a statement, Inslee said he believes his focus on climate change made a difference.

His efforts drew praise from his Democratic competitors in the presidential race on Wednesday night. "I felt very good about saying that the first days of my campaign".

The Washington State Republican Party has slammed Inslee for not reimbursing Washington for the security detail he used during his out-of-state campaign travel, as well as being away for much of the year.

"He's keeping that issue at the forefront, that's good", she told me.

Fourteen candidates have met a second criteria of collecting campaign contributions from at least 130,000 individuals, coming from at least 400 unique donors in 20 or more states. Not only did we hit this high bar set by the DNC, but more importantly, together, we changed and shaped the entire national dialogue around climate change. Here are a few facts you should know about the Washington governor. "The reason is this has just become more urgent". "So early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and organize", Inslee told about 200 longtime supporters, friends and family members.

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