Sherrod Brown reveals 2020 playbook: Defeat Trump by exposing ‘phony populism’


Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio said Sunday he’s still mulling the “intensely personal decision” of whether to run for president in 2020, though he’s already devised a playbook for defeating President Trump.

The Democrat said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden or whoever the nominee is must focus on “the dignity of work” to win over Ohio, a critical swing state.

“Make the contrast between the phony populism of Donald Trump, where the White House looks like a retreat for Wall Street executives, and the real populism, where populism is not racist. It’s not anti-Semitic. It doesn’t push some people down to lift others up,” Mr. Brown told NBC’s Meet the Press. “I think any one of them can win my state, if they make that contrast between the phony populism of Donald Trump and the dignity of work and all that we stand for.”

Mr. Brown defeated Rep. Jim Renacci comfortably on election night, even though Mr. Trump easily swiped the state in 2016 and a Republican, Mike DeWine, won the governor’s race this year. – READ MORE

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