What to Know
- Seth Moulton first told BuzzFeed News he's considering a 2020 run for the White House.
- The rising political star recently made headlines for criticizing House Speaker Pelosi for assuming the leadership role.
- Moulton's most recent trip to New Hampshire was earlier this month.
Rep. Seth Moulton is weighing a 2020 run for president.
Matt Corridoni, Moulton's communications director, confirmed to NBC10 Boston that the two-term Massachusetts Democratic congressman "is thinking about" joining the race to be his party's presidential nominee.
A rising political star who recently saw a backlash for criticizing U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi assuming the role of House Speaker and may face primary challengers himself, Moulton first told BuzzFeed News he was considering running for the nation's highest office.
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"I think it would be valuable to have a commander-in-chief who's had to make life-or-death decisions before," Moulton told BuzzFeed News, referring to his experience as a former Marine Corps officer, later adding, "and I think we need leaders who are focused on the future. Who are respectful of the past but are ready to turn the page, and chart a bright new course for this country."
Moulton has already visited New Hampshire, Massachusetts' neighbor to the north, which hosts the first 2020 presidential primary. His most recent visit was earlier this month.
If he does launch a campaign, he'll be joining a crowded Democratic field that already includes another Massachusetts lawmaker. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren officially kicked off her presidential primary campaign over the weekend in Lawrence.
Who’s Running for President in 2020?
The race for the 2020 presidential election is underway, and the field of Democratic candidates is packed. Those who have announced presidential bids include a vice president, senators, House members and three mayors. As for the GOP, a single Republican has announced his bid to challenge President Donald Trump for the party nomination: former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who ran for vice president (and lost) in 2016 on the Libertarian party ticket.
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Updated Nov. 20, 2019
Note: Incorrect information about Michael Bennet’s cancer diagnosis and titles for Joe Sestak and William Weld have been revised on July 29, 2019, 3:17 p.m. ET.
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