It’s true. I’m running for president. pic.twitter.com/u8x2lZah7Z
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) July 9, 2019
Courtesy of NYT:
Tom Steyer, the former hedge fund investor turned impeachment activist, announced on Tuesday that he would challenge President Trump in 2020, reversing a previous decision not to enter the race.
In a video announcing his campaign, Mr. Steyer positioned himself as a populist outsider, railing against corporate interests that he described as holding too much sway over the political system.
“Americans are deeply disappointed and hurt by the way they’re treated by what they think is the power elite in Washington, D.C.,” Mr. Steyer said in the video. “And that goes across party lines and it goes across geography.”
Included in the video were images of men who, Mr. Steyer seemed to imply, represented the excesses of corruption and greed, including Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s incarcerated former adviser; Bernard Madoff, the notorious Ponzi schemer; and Jeffrey Epstein, the investor who was indicted this week on charges of sex trafficking.
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Mr. Steyer said in an interview that he would hit the campaign trail quickly: After speaking at the liberal Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia, he said he would campaign in the early primary state of South Carolina. He said he would unveil a plan for “structural changes” in the campaign finance system in the next few weeks and pledged to release his tax returns, though he did not set a deadline for doing so.
Steyer has said he will spend 100 million dollars of his own money to fund his campaign, and that is nothing to sneeze at.
In fact, it may help him to ultimately outspend almost every other candidate in the race.
Look I like a lot of what Tom Steyer has done.
His help in pushing for impeachment and attempts to hold Trump accountable for his lies has been invaluable.
However, he is another old white male, in a political year that is crying out for diversity.
Sure, he has money, but he does not have experience.
And to be honest we already have an old rich white guy who campaigned on fixing Washington with no political experience to back him up in the White House, and to be honest I am not at all happy with how that worked out.
Steyer can do a lot of good this campaign season, but it will not be by trying to buy this nomination.