Jay Inslee Drops Out of Democratic Race

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On Wednesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee dropped out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Inslee had positioned himself as the climate change candidate, centering his entire campaign around how he planned to address the issue as president. Inslee’s 10-year climate action plan advocated for 100% clean electricity, 100% zero-emissions new vehicles, and 100% zero carbon new buildings. Although he polled consistently low since declaring his candidacy in March, Inslee did qualify for both of the first two Democratic debates and met the funding threshold for the third debate in September. However, he has not reached the required 2 percent polling to participate either in the September debate or in CNN’s climate change town hall. Inslee will now focus on running for a third term as governor of Washington.

A left-leaning article from the Washington Post compares Inslee’s strategy of focusing single-mindedly on climate change to President Trump’s single-minded focus on immigration as a candidate. The article argues that Inslee did not have Trump’s ability to seize media attention and that his comments on climate change sometimes seemed like an afterthought in the debates, rather than a nexus of his platform. 

The centrist NPR published a short article on Inslee’s withdrawal that quoted extensively from his announcement. "It's become clear that I'm not going be carrying the ball, I'm not going to be the president, so I'm withdrawing tonight from the race," Inslee said on the Rachel Maddow Show. He added in a message to his supporters that he felt a moral obligation to run on this issue of climate change: "Before I decided to run, Trudi and I — my wife of nearly 47 years — decided in our final days we wanted to be able to tell our three grandchildren, Brody, Zoe, and Chase, that we had done everything in our power to defeat this crisis.”

Fox News published a fairly broad right-leaning article noting that Inslee had attempted to use the two Democratic debates in order to boost his profile, especially noting his applause line “We can no longer allow a white nationalist to be in the White House.” The article also points out that other candidates, such as Marianne Williamson and Senator Kristen Gillibrand are in similar positions to Inslee; they have not qualified for the climate debate or the third presidential debate. Kamala Harris, as the article says, tweeted that Inslee’s voice would be missed in the primary.