WASHINGTON (WKOW/ABC) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has entered the 2020 presidential race. The Democrat made the announcement early Friday morning.
Inslee, 68, who also represented Washington State in Congress for over 20 years, is the first governor to officially throw his hat in the race.
He said his main focus will be on climate change.
“This is a moment. This is the 11th hour to defeat climate change. It is a moment of great urgency, but it is also this incredible opportunity to seize for job creation,” Inslee said in an interview with ABC News last week at the National Governor’s Association Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.
He’s hardly the only Democrat talking about the issue, but his exhaustive focus could test whether climate change resonates among voters after it barely entered the conversation during the 2016 campaign.
Inslee will be on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday, and will make his first trip to Iowa as a presidential candidate on March 5, followed by campaign trips to Nevada and California later on in March.