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Jerry Brown Isn't Ruling Out A Run For The Presidency

Jerry Brown apparently was just having fun with reporters on Thursday, when the California governor seemed to suggest he was considering a campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Brown was in Concord, Calif., to tout his $52 billion infrastructure proposal when he remarked: “I don’t think I’m running for office. I only have lieutenant governor, treasurer and controller left.” He was referring to his long political career, which has featured stints in various elected offices. When someone in the crowd shout “President!” Brown responded: “But I’d be 82 then.” He added: “Don’t rule it out.” Later, an aide to the governor told the Los Angeles Times that “he was joking.”

It was not clear whether the comments were interpreted as a joke by the audience, which included construction workers and California officials. Two prominent Democrats, state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon were among those in attendance, the Chronicle reported.

During a recent interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Brown fired back at President Trump’s threat to withhold federal funding to California cities that provide “sanctuary” to undocumented immigrants by refusing to enforce federal immigration laws. The governor also criticized Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the Mexican border, accusing the president of seeking to become “a kind of strongman” and the world’s “the ultimate leader.”

Brown admitted that his expensive plan to upgrade California’s roads and bridges, and expand public transportation, would be a “heavy lift” for taxpayers. He argued that the improvement are long overdue. “It can’t be more fundamental, It’s a test of where we are,” the governor said. “Is America on the move? Is California on the move? Are we going to shrink back or move forward?”

Funding for the infrastructure initiative would come from an increase in the state’s tax on gas and diesel fuel, and an annual fee of $100 for electric and hybrid vehicles. “If we don’t do it, the roads will crumble,” Brown warned. “If we don’t do it this year, I predict it won’t happen for a long time.”

Source: The Hill
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