Analysis: What's to come as Gov. Inslee explores a presidential run in 2020 | KNKX

Analysis: What's to come as Gov. Inslee explores a presidential run in 2020

Dec 7, 2018

Gov. Jay Inslee’s possible presidential campaign is getting financial backing, with more than $112,000 raised since October. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked about this story with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Inslee says he will use the funds from his recently created political action committee to do his “due diligence” before officially deciding whether to run in 2020. That’s according to a report by Jenkins, who was granted an interview with Inslee along with Jim Brunner of The Seattle Times.

Jenkins’ analysis from this morning dives deeper into what this news could mean for the upcoming Legislative session, among other details.

"The timing is important," Jenkins said, noting that Inslee recently stepped down as chair of the Democratic Governors Association. "He really had to speak for that organization and be focused on governors' races. ... But now he can talk a little more freely about what he's thinking for his future."

Inslee says he will decide by April if plans to run for president. Listen to the rest of the conversation between Jenkins and Kendrick above. 

Brunner also spoke with KNKX reporter Simone Alicea. Their conversation was part of The Overcast, The Seattle Times politics podcast recorded here at KNKX.

Brunner talks about the political landscape for Inslee going into next year, including how the governor might frame his accomplishments and the possibility that he decides to run for a third term as governor.