John James Announces 2020 Senate Run

June 6, 2019

Detroit businessman John James announced his decision to challenge first-term Democratic senator Gary Peters in Michigan in 2020 Thursday.

"After careful deliberation and thoughtful prayer, I believe that the time again is to serve," he told Fox & Friends Thursday morning.

James, a 37-year-old African American combat veteran and CEO, will give the U.S. Senate a second run after losing to Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2018. Despite his loss, many Republicans rallied in support of James after what they saw as a successful campaign that had exceeded expectations. President Donald Trump called James "a spectacular young star of the future" and reportedly considered him to replace Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations earlier this year.

"We need the courage that was exhibited to us on D-Day," the Iraq War veteran said. "We need politicians who will go into Washington and put service before self."

James told Fox News that his campaign will donate 5 percent of all donations to charities for the poor, sick, and veterans.

"We are going to do what we can to help people because the career politicians and the federal bureaucracy in Washington is not getting it done," he said. "We're going to make sure to put the American people first. We're going to put country over party."