After months of deliberation, former attorney general Eric Holder said Monday that he will not join the crowded and still-growing Democratic presidential field

“Though I will not run for president in 2020, I will continue to fight for the future of our country,” Holder said in a Washington Post op-ed in which he said Democrats “have a host of good options” for candidates to take on President Trump.

Holder, who served in the Obama administration and was the first African American to hold the post of attorney general, had repeatedly said that he was seriously considering a White House bid of his own

Buzz about a possible candidacy grew in June when he spoke at a “Politics and Eggs” breakfast in New Hampshire that is considered a rite of passage for potential presidential candidates.

Holder traveled the country extensively as chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a group that has sought to combat gerrymandering that benefits Republicans in state and local races.

In his speech, Holder said he would continue that work.

“With state legislatures set to begin drawing new voting districts in 2021, what happens in those races over the next two years will shape the next decade of our politics,” he wrote

By John Wagner


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