The Latest: Brown, mulling 2020 run, visits South Carolina

The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times EST):
2:20 p.m.

Democrat Sherrod Brown hasn’t decided yet whether he’ll run for president in 2020, but the Ohio Democrat is spending time in early-voting South Carolina, where he’s promoting higher wages for workers and more robust health care.

Brown attended a Darlington County Democratic women’s event, and said he values the important role that black women play in the nominating process. South Carolina holds the first contest in the South, and the state’s Democratic primary electorate is largely African-American.

On Friday, Brown stopped at a Columbia job training facility. He later went to Florence, where Mayor Stephen Wukela (woo-KEY-lah) said he would support Brown if he jumps into the race.

Later Saturday, Brown plans to speak at Dorchester County Democrats’ oyster roast. A 2020 candidate, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, also is set to be there after a town hall discussion in Charleston.


2:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is telling supporters that he will win re-election in 2020 and by a bigger margin than his 2016 victory.

During a wide-ranging speech before an appreciative audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, Trump has mocked Democrats for their framework to combat climate change and said House lawmakers pushing to expand their investigations of him are “sick.”

Trump also has rehashed his outsider campaign that overcame long odds and a crowded field of established politicians to claim the White House over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

When he made his prediction of a second term, the crowd responded with chants of “USA, USA, USA.”

Trump praised the conservative movement, saying “Our movement and our future in our country is unlimited.”


2 p.m.

Bernie Sanders has launched his second presidential campaign with a call for Americans from all walks of life to join his fight for a political revolution — one that he’s been waging for four decades.

Sanders is calling Donald Trump the most dangerous president in modern U.S. history, with the Vermont senator saying his campaign is built to defeat Trump.

Sanders also says his Democratic campaign will create an economy and government that works for all people, and says the government will be based on economic, social, racial and environmental justice.


12:30 a.m.

Democratic presidential hopefuls are introducing themselves to voters in some of the earliest states that will weigh in on their campaigns to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Candidates are fanned out in South Carolina and Iowa on Saturday, spending time with voters in two of the states that hold the earliest balloting next year. Sens. Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown are both in South Carolina, site of the South’s first primary. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be courting voters in Iowa.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar attends a Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, an event where politicians traditionally poke fun at the press and other politicians. Sen. Bernie Sanders is in Brooklyn to officially launch his campaign.

The visits come as Trump addresses a gathering of conservatives near Washington.

By Associated Press