U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania stated last week that he would not run for president in the next election, thus ending months of speculation, writes Jonathan Tamari for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Democrat issued a lengthy statement on his decision, listing many of the issues that led him to consider a bid for the presidency. Those included the plight of the middle class, power of corporations, and national security concerns related to President Donald Trump’s stance on Russia.
“After two months of considering it, I have concluded that the best way for me to fight for the America that so many of us believe in is to stay in the U.S. Senate,” said Casey.
He referred to the upcoming presidential election as the most important one in the modern era. He also said he was convinced that the Democrats would nominate a candidate who could win Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, several other potential presidential candidates from the area are still in the mix, including former Vice President Joe Biden of Delaware and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.
Read more about Sen. Bob Casey in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.