This is a huge blow to the Democrats…
Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington State announced on Wednesday night that he is leaving the presidential campaign for 2020—two weeks before a discussion on climate change that he had voted for.
MSNBC’s Maddow asked Inslee if he had to announce some news. And he did the following:
This show has been so good to me, this is sort of the book ends of my campaign. We started saying climate change had to be the number one job in the United States. I felt good saying that the first days of my campaign. I feel very good saying that now. And the reason is, this has become more urgent. A billion tons of ice melted in Greenland the other day. But we’ve also had so many people I’ve met who are inspiring, who want us to act, who have helped me. We had 130,000 people help me in this campaign. But it’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball, I’m not going to be president. So I’m withdrawing, tonight, from the race. But I have to tell you, look — 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. I believe we are going to have a candidate to fight this battle. I’m inspired by the people i’ve met across the country, the young people in the Sunrise movement, and the climate strikers — these people have given me confidence we can move ahead. So I’m not going to be carrying the ball, but we’re going to make sure somebody is.
Inslee seemed to indicate that on Tuesday night he would quit the competition when he tweeted a recap of his campaign — a long post that looked back on the path for several months:
1/ At 7:03 am ET on March 1, Amy from New York became our first donor. Last night, Linda from Kentucky chipped in, too. Between Amy and Linda, 129,998 people (and now more) have invested in this campaign.
I’m honored. Thank you.
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) August 20, 2019
Maddow questioned Inslee if he thought that making climate change a significant problem had created an effect on the race. He said he had, and pointed out that his climate change strategy was called the “gold standard” (by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the author of the “Green New Deal”).
For months, Inslee had demanded that the Democratic National Committee hold a discussion centered completely on the problem of climate change.
The party refused to do so, but for the remaining Democratic presidential applicants, CNN decided, and is setting up a city hall in two weeks, on Sept. 4 in New York.
But, ironically, Inslee will no longer be among the candidates.