Garcetti 'Thinking Hard About' Presidential Run, Will Make Final Decision in Early 2019

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November 29, 2018

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D.) said Thursday he is "thinking hard about" running for president and will make a final decision in the first quarter of 2019.

Garcetti has previously said he's considering running, and he is part of a long list of potential 2020 Democratic contenders against Republican President Donald Trump.

Garcetti said of the presidential campaign, "It's going to be about getting s—t done."

Garcetti said last month the country was in "bad shape" and was propelled by giving Americans a better life.

"No sane person would run for president, right?" he told Recode. "This country is in such bad shape. I worry about the country I’ll leave my daughter behind. I worry whether America will lead in this world again. I wonder whether my fellow Americans will have a shot at a better life. I’m really worried they won’t. That’s what propels me."

The group of likely 2020 contenders looks like it will far exceed the 17-person Republican field that resulted in the surprising nomination of Trump.

The slate of people mulling a run or already running include lesser-known national figures like Garcetti, former Obama administration official Julián Castro, and Rep. John Delaney (D., Md.), as well as more prominent politicians like former Vice President Joe Biden; Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), and Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.); former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D.); Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D., Texas); former Secretary of State John Kerry; and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Non-politicians like lawyer Michael Avenatti and ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz are also potential candidates.