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POOF! Inslee drops out

Updated: Sep 17, 2019

As we approach the September debates, we expect the culling of the heard with regards to the Democratic candidates for President of the United States. Washington Governor, Jay Inslee takes his spot as the most recent candidate to drop out. He does so with style as he officially announced his departure on The Rachel Maddow Show allowing her to "POOF" him out of the race.

John Inslee
John Inslee

Although John Inslee did meet the 130,000-donation threshold for his campaign, he was not polling at 2% and was not likely to participate in the September Democratic debates. He did, however, have a SIGNIFICANT and noteworthy contribution to this year's candidate pool. John Inslee bookended his campaign for president on climate change.

He didn't try to mask it with other issues, he was very proud of his plan to address climate changes with a pointed plan to conserve and adjust Americans' impact on the environment. He referred to it as "the gold standard" and is hopeful that other democratic candidates will pick it up and add it to their platforms adding,

"I've been fighting climate change for 25 years, and I've never been so confident of the ability of America now to reach critical mass to move the ball."

He departs the democratic candidate pool with much admiration and support from other candidates:

  • Democratic candidate, Senator Kamala Harris tweeted, "Few leaders have done more to shine a light on the climate crisis than @JayInslee, His voice will be missed in this primary but I know he will continue this fight."

  • Bernie Sanders tweeted, "Congratulations to @JayInslee on his impactful campaign to bring the climate crisis to the forefront of the national conversation. There is no more important issue facing humanity. Together we will work to pass a Green New Deal and create millions of jobs."

  • Fellow front runner, Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted, "Thank you @JayInslee for fighting every day to make sure that climate change remains a primary focus of this election. Climate change is real and it's a crisis—and I will keep fighting alongside you to take bold action before it is too late,"

Perhaps it is this support that has reinforced his decision to instead, run for his 3rd term as Governor of Washington state. From all of us at GradVote, thank you for giving a voice to climate change in the Democratic debates and good luck with your gubernatorial run.

Images courtesy of: www.jayinslee.com and https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show

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