Dem Mayor Hints He Will Soon Decide About Running for President in 2020

October 21, 2018

The Democratic mayor of Los Angeles indicated he is seriously considering a run for the presidency in 2020. Eric Garcetti said during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" that he will likely make a decision in the next two months as to whether he will run.

"Well, first and foremost I'm having important conversations at home, but I'm mostly focused in the next sixteen days at making sure we have a Congress," Garcetti said in response to a question about his decision-making process by anchor Jake Tapper. "Because President Trump isn't on the ballot, but a Congress that enables him is, that seems to be either bullies, brown-nosers, or bunglers, folks who are either kissing up to the president, folks who are mirroring his bullying, or folks who are just ineffective at getting anything done.

"But I'll make a decision probably in the next couple months, and I do hope whether I do or not that mayors do look at this," Garcetti continued.

In April, Garcetti traveled to Iowa to meet with local officials, firefighters, activists, and others, fueling speculation that he was laying the groundwork for a 2020 presidential run. He also claimed "California is the same as Iowa" before making the trip.

In May, Garcetti raised over $100,000 for South Carolina's Democratic Party at a single fundraiser, nearly equal to what the party raised in the prior month as a whole.

Garcetti also traveled to New Hampshire in May, delivering remarks at the Southern New Hampshire University graduation ceremony.

In July, Garcetti said the current state of the United States represents "the worst moment I've lived in in my lifetime. He was 30 when the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred.

Garcetti also met with former president Barack Obama earlier this year, according to a June Politico report.