Many 2020 Democrat candidates rallied behind Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) following his decision to drop out of the presidential race Wednesday evening.
Inslee announced his decision to drop out of the presidential race on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show Wednesday night.
“This show has been so good to me, this is sort of the bookends of my campaign,” Inslee, who built his campaign on the climate change “crisis,” said.
“We started saying climate change had to be the number one job in the United States. I felt good saying that the first days of my campaign. I feel very good saying that now,” he added.
And the reason is, this has become more urgent. A billion tons of ice melted in Greenland the other day. But we’ve also had so many people I’ve met who are inspiring, who want us to act, who have helped me. We had 130,000 people help me in this campaign. But it’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball, I’m not going to be president. So I’m withdrawing, tonight, from the race. But I have to tell you, look — I’ve been fighting climate change for 25 years, and I’ve never been so confident of the ability of America now to reach critical mass, to move the ball. I believe we are going to have a candidate to fight this battle. I’m inspired by the people i’ve met across the country, the young people in the Sunrise movement, and the climate strikers — these people have given me confidence we can move ahead. So I’m not going to be carrying the ball, but we’re going to make sure somebody is.
I know you agree that our mission to defeat climate change must continue to be central to our national discussion — and must be the top priority for our next president. But I’ve concluded that my role in that effort will not be as a candidate to be our next president. pic.twitter.com/Kp8WejuVJy
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) August 22, 2019
Many 2020 Democrats tweeted out support for Inslee and his devotion to climate change-related issues following his announcement.
“Thank you @JayInslee for fighting every day to make sure that climate change remains a primary focus of this election,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted, promising to “keep fighting” before it is “too late”:
Thank you @JayInslee for fighting every day to make sure that climate change remains a primary focus of this election. Climate change is real and it's a crisis—and I will keep fighting alongside you to take bold action before it is too late.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 22, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) praised Inslee for bringing the climate change “crisis” to the “forefront of the national conversation” and promised to pass a Green New Deal:
Congratulations to @JayInslee on his impactful campaign to bring the climate crisis to the forefront of the national conversation. There is no more important issue facing humanity. Together we will work to pass a Green New Deal and create millions of jobs.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 22, 2019
“Few leaders have done more to shine a light on the climate crisis than @JayInslee,” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) agreed. “His voice will be missed in this primary but I know he will continue this fight”:
Few leaders have done more to shine a light on the climate crisis than @JayInslee. His voice will be missed in this primary but I know he will continue this fight.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 22, 2019
“Climate change is the most grave threat we face, and we need leaders who match the challenge with the same urgency,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) tweeted.
“@JayInslee has modeled that leadership, and I’m grateful for his role in this primary. Let’s keep up the fight for our planet,” she added:
Climate change is the most grave threat we face, and we need leaders who match the challenge with the same urgency. @JayInslee has modeled that leadership, and I’m grateful for his role in this primary. Let’s keep up the fight for our planet.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 22, 2019
Thank you @jayinslee for advancing the conversation about the urgent threat of climate change—our country is better for it. I know you will continue to be a powerful voice and move the needle on this issue. We'll be right there with you.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 22, 2019
Thank you, @JayInslee, for your incredible dedication to highlighting the threat of climate change. It was great getting to know you on the campaign trail, and your voice will be missed as the primary continues.
— John Delaney (@JohnDelaney) August 22, 2019
Jay, thank you for your contributions to change the conversation on climate. You led a great campaign, and I had so much fun with you on the trail.
Even through you were a messy roommate, you’re a great friend, an incredible public servant and I’ll see you soon. https://t.co/pZ4EXRW2Ih
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) August 22, 2019
Thank you, @JayInslee, for your unwavering effort to save our planet. Your candidacy has kept our most pressing issue at the forefront of this race.
Let me know when you’re up for that road trip!
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 22, 2019
We’re facing a climate crisis, and we must summon the courage to confront it before it’s too late. Thank you, Governor Inslee, for demanding that America meet the urgency of the moment. https://t.co/1qYvBREzS3
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) August 22, 2019
Governor @JayInslee made the climate crisis the centerpiece of his campaign and our nation is better because of it. Thank you for the bold ideas you brought to this race Governor.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) August 22, 2019
Thanks to @JayInslee for fighting to keep climate change front and center.
Though he’s moving on, we know this fight is far from over. Here’s to doing all it takes to preserve the planet for the next generation. https://t.co/9DGQto54cc
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) August 22, 2019
.@JayInslee is a visionary leader and a friend. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his wisdom, his commitment, and his basic goodness. Thank you. We will continue the fight against climate change.
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) August 22, 2019
.@JayInslee is right that climate change is an existential threat to our way of life – I know he will continue to fight for the future in Washington and everywhere. 👍🇺🇸
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) August 22, 2019
Ten 2020 candidates are expected to participate in a “Climate Crisis Town Hall” hosted by CNN next month.