After some speculation about California Governor Jerry Brown potentially launching a 2016 bid, it appears the rumors have been put to bed for now. Brown stated today that he has no interest in running the United States when it’s so much easier to run California.
Report from USAToday:
California Gov. Jerry Brown is one Democrat who doesn’t want to run for president in 2016.
Brown, who has made three White House bids, told reporters that he’s not interested in a presidential race because it’s easier to run the Golden State right now than the United States.
“No, that’s not in the cards. Unfortunately,” Brown is quoted as saying by the Los Angeles Times. “Actually, California is a lot more governable.”
Brown first ran for president in 1976, during his “Gov. Moonbeam” days in his first stint as California’s governor. He ran again for the White House in 1980. In 1992, he won a handful of primaries and gave Bill Clinton a run for the Democratic nomination.
Brown, who won back his old job 27 years after finishing his second term in Sacramento, is up for re-election this year. The governor hasn’t officially said whether he’s in the race to win it, but he has raised money like another campaign is coming.
Brown was one candidate with the potential to give Hillary Clinton a run in the primaries just like he did her husband a couple decades ago.