Eric Holder confirms he will not run for president in 2020

Despite hopes that he would throw his hat into the 2020 presidential ring, the former Attorney General says he would instead support other Democratic candidates

Eric Holder, Former U.S. Attorney General in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)


Eric Holder fans hoping he would throw his hat in the ring during the 2020 elections got some unfortunate news this week.

According to the Washington Post, on Monday, the former U.S. Attorney General announced Monday that he had decided not to run for president in 2020.

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“Though I will not run for president in 2020, I will continue to fight for the future of our country through the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) and its affiliates,” he wrote in the op-ed for the publication.

“I will do everything I can to ensure that the next Democratic president is not hobbled by a House of Representatives pulled to the extremes by members from gerrymandered districts,” added Holder, who did not provide a reason for his decision.

Holder served as Attorney General under President Obama from 2009 to 2015 when he was succeeded by Loretta Lynch, and serves as chairman of the NDRC, an organization that focuses on redistricting reform.

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Many in their party got their hopes up when the 68-year-old said he’d consider joining the legion of 2020 Democratic candidates aiming to take down President Trump.

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Last July, he told “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert that he’d “make a determination sometime early next year,” and although he has chosen not to run for president, in his article he does outline criteria he believes the Democratic nominee should possess.

On the list are necessities such as integrity, an ability to inspire the masses and “the experience to revitalize a federal government that has been mismanaged at home and diminished abroad.”

“In evaluating potential nominees, we should remember that creativity is not limited to the young, nor wisdom to those who are older,” he reminds voters. “We must measure our candidates not by their age, but by the vitality of their ideas.”