Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) announced his 2020 presidential campaign early Monday morning. He become the 20th candidate seeking the Democratic nomination.
Moulton emerged to the spotlight as a leader of the Democrats who challenged Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) path to the Speakership last fall. He said in a video that he is running because “we have to beat Donald Trump, and I want us to beat Donald Trump because I love this country.”
Moulton, a former Marine, has a campaign platform that includes a focus on gun control, national security and addressing climate change.
“Decades of division and corruption have broken our democracy and robbed Americans of their voice,” Moulton said in his announcement video. “It’s all led to an administration that’s turned away from our values and is shredding our moral authority.”
According to his campaign website, the three-term congressman will travel to the early nominating states of New Hampshire, South Carolina and Iowa this week.
Moulton,who is 40, has said for months that he was considering a 2020 run.
He told ABC News early Monday that Democrats have ceded issues such as patriotism, security and service to Republicans “for too long.”
“This is actually where Donald Trump is weakest,” he said. “We’ve got to take him on on these issues.”
Good Morning America tweeted this post Monday morning: “Rep. @sethmoulton tells @GStephanopoulos he is running for president “because I’m a patriot, because I believe in this country.” See the interview coming up this morning on @GMA.”
Moulton joins a very crowded field of Democratic nominees including: Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas.).
Other veterans in the 2020 Democratic field include South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).
CNN is reporting that former Vice President Joe Biden will enter the race this week.