2020 ELECTION: Eric Holder has said he will announce if he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in the next few weeks
FORMER US attorney general Eric Holder is deciding on whether to join the Democratic race for 2020 presidential nomination.
Holder announced that he was considering joining the race to become the next president on the US on Tuesday.
The 68-year-old said it was key to ask “whether you have the vision, the experience, the ability to inspire others to deal with the issues of the day” and that he will share his decision next month.
“I’m going to sit down with my family very soon and decide whether this is something we’re going to seek,” PBS reported Holder told journalists after headlining a voting rights forum at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, yesterday.
Holder, a vocal critic of president Donald Trump, served in the White House for six years under former president Barack Obama. He said he has discussed his plans with Obama but did not provide details on their conversations.
The 82nd US attorney general was questioned over whether he had encouraged Joe Biden, who served as vice president under Obama, to run.
“I think Joe Biden was a great senator, a great vice president,” NBC News reported Holder said.
He added: “I worked with him on important domestic issues…I sat with him in the situation room. You know, I think that his would be a good voice to have as part of this primary process. But you know, I would totally respect his decision if he decides not to become involved, but I would hope that he would.”
Nine candidates have already announced their campaigns for the Democratic nomination, including senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.
Holder, chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, is the third longest-serving attorney general in the US.
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