Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders… and Jerry Brown? Ever since the start of election season, pundits and the public have both been asking whether California’s governor will throw his hat into the ring.
Brown’s in his fourth term as governor and has run for president three times before. While he’s hemmed and hawed at a 2016 run, proponents of a Brown candidacy point out he’s never said ‘no’ straight up.
A recent CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer perked up the ears of wonks across the state when Brown said that the race could see “a lot of big surprises.” So after decades in the political machine, would a fourth time be the charm for a Jerry Brown presidency? Or is it too late for state leader without much of a national track record?
Lara M. Brown, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University
Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Professor of Political Science at USC