The pool of Democratic presidential candidates may grow by one more member as liberal billionaire Tom Steyer is reportedly still considering a late entry into the competition.
According to the Washington Examiner, the 62-year-old environmentalist previously said he would not be running for the White House—a decision he made after many months of speculation.
But, per the report, Steyer has changed his mind and is reportedly eyeing a run as he is not satisfied with the candidates currently at the top of national polling.
From the report:
An announcement could come as soon as Tuesday. Heather Hargreaves, a veteran field organizer who worked on former President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, is expected to manage Steyer’s campaign. She currently is the executive director of NextGen America, an advocacy group founded by Steyer.
“You never know with Tom until he actually pulls the trigger, but he’s telling a lot of people he works with and trusts that he’s going to do it,” one Democrat familiar with the discussions said. “He wants in.”
Steyer’s Need to Impeach group has pushed for President Trump’s removal from office, holding town halls across the nation. He spent tens of millions in the 2018 midterm elections backing Democrats but has been disappointed that they aren’t moving faster in holding impeachment hearings.
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) July 8, 2019
Here’s more, from Politico:
There has been increasing chatter in recent months among those in Steyer’s circle about a potential run, according to two of the people, and one of the people said they expect him to talk a lot in his campaign about the economy given his background as a former hedge fund manager.
“He’s definitely focused on the [fact that the] economy is not as good as people are making it out to be,” said the person, who didn’t know the reason Steyer is making an about-face on his earlier decision.
“I think his heart’s in the right place. If he’s doing this, he’s got a reason behind it,” the person said. “He’s a very intelligent man.”
The person said that Steyer has gotten significantly better as a campaigner over the last year because he’s done town hall meetings, particularly attended by older Americans, and a lot of face-to-face campaigning through the impeachment campaign.
President Trump referenced Steyer once in a tweet which mocked him as “all talk,” antagonizing a potential run.
“Weirdo Tom Steyer doesn’t have the “guts” or money to run for President. He’s all talk!” Trump tweeted.
Weirdo Tom Steyer doesn’t have the “guts” or money to run for President. He’s all talk! https://t.co/klmVsCmeNE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2019