Washington Democratic Governor Jay Inslee announced in a video Friday morning that he will run for president, becoming the first governor to join a crowded field vying for the Democratic nomination.
Inslee, 68, made clear his announcement video that he will put the battle against climate change at the heart of his platform like no other candidate would.
“We’re the first generation to feel the sting of climate change. And we’re the last who can do something about it. We went to the moon and created technologies that have changed the world. Our country’s next mission must be to rise up to the most urgent challenge of our time — defeating climate change,” Inslee says in the video. “I’m running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s number one priority.”
With low name recognition, Inslee faces long-odds against some of the better known Senators in the race already.