No fourth White House run for Jerry Brown
January 15th, 2014
01:17 PM ET
12 months ago

No fourth White House run for Jerry Brown

(CNN) - It looks like we won't have another Brown vs. Clinton Democratic presidential primary battle come 2016.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, who made bids for the Democratic nomination in 1976, 1980 and 1992, is ruling out a fourth run for the White House.

Asked about speculation of a potential candidacy in 2016, Brown told reporters Tuesday that "No, that's not in the cards. Unfortunately."

The question came from a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, at a news conference in Riverside, California.

"Actually, California is a lot more governable," Brown added.

The Governor, who turns 76 this April, first ran for president at age 38, winning a couple of primaries over eventual Democratic nominee Jimmy Carter. He ran again four years later, finishing far behind President Carter and Sen. Ted Kennedy. In 1992, he launched a third campaign for the White House, winning a bunch of primaries and caucuses against eventual nominee Bill Clinton, whom he tangled with on the campaign trail.

Brown served as California Governor from 1974-1982, Oakland mayor from 1998-2006, California Attorney General from 2006-2010, and was elected Governor again four years ago.

Brown's up for re-election this November. While he's raised millions for such a bid, he's remained vague about whether he'll run again. Asked about his intentions at the Tuesday news conference, Brown said "we have time," adding that "I'm not running yet."


Filed under: 2016 • California • Jerry Brown
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    I have to admit, I like the guy, I really do, but it's just too fun to think of Governor Moonbeam walking into a campaign rally to the tune of Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Incense and peppermints..."

    January 15, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Works for me.

    January 15, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Okay, no Jerry Brown. But, do we have to put with yet another Paul campaign.

    I was watching some comedy movie last summer on TV, and lo and behold there was Ron Paul! They had him entrapped him into doing a phony interview in a hotel room, or something. I remember saying to myself, "I've got to get the DVD." Unfortunately, I didn't write down the name of the movie before I fell asleep on it.

    January 15, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    He's doing just a fine job as governor. No need for him to seek higher office.

    January 15, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. much thindr..little rain

    take jerry over uncle joe anytime

    January 15, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Kelvin R. Stemplemeister

    i wuz watchin Foxx news today and they say that hilary clinton wont win the next elechun cuz jeb bush is better.

    January 15, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. LWJR

    Darn....Linda Ronstadt would probably vote for this oddball....California Dreaming

    January 15, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. rich

    He might be better than Kin Jong on from N Korea

    January 15, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. EchoLiberty

    In a related story, Bozo the Clown also ruled out a Presidential run.

    January 15, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Don't worry, the Democrat Party has far nuttier people to run. Like Howard Dean. Makes Governor Moonbeam look normal.

    January 15, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. IA

    What a downright shame! who would have "thunk"?

    January 15, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. The Normal-American Community

    Most people aren't as dumb as democRats.

    January 15, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. JM in San Diego CA

    There's a proverb that covers his statement: "Be grateful for any small favor."

    January 15, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. michele

    Pat Paulson and Stephen Colbert, in said in a joint statement, that they too would not be making a Presidential run.

    January 15, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Pk duster

    The one thing that jerry brown did was to date linda ronstadt it is so easy to fall in love moon beam

    January 15, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. CryBabies

    I'm crying baby, I'm crying.

    January 15, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |