Eric Holder Makes His 2020 Decision

Former attorney general is not running
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2019 9:20 AM CST
Eric Holder: I'm Not Running
Former Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at Drake University on Feb. 12, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

It's a rarity in the 2020 election season for Democrats: Someone isn't running. Eric Holder, who has been mentioned as a potential candidate for a while now, announced in a Washington Post op-ed that he's out. The former attorney general didn't endorse any of the declared candidates, though he said he won't hesitate to weigh in on key issues such as climate change ("existential threat"), immigration, voting rights, and criminal justice reform. He also promised to focus on the issue of gerrymandering, given that congressional redistricting will soon be starting up, reports Politico.

"Though I will not run for president in 2020, I will continue to fight for the future of our country through the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and its affiliates," he writes. "I will do everything I can to ensure that the next Democratic president is not hobbled by a House of Representatives pulled to the extremes by members from gerrymandered districts." (A former governor joined the list of declared candidates on Monday.)

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