March 4, 2019
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Gov. Jay Inslee officially announces presidential run

In a campaign video and an announcement in south Seattle, Gov. Jay Inslee made it official on Friday: He is running for president.

"We're the first generation to feel the sting of climate change. And we're the last that can do something about it," Inslee said in his campaign announcement video. "We can do this. Join our movement. This is our moment."

In the video, Inslee highlights decades of news clips of him calling for action on climate change, dating back to his first election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. The Washington State Wire has an analysis of the campaign video. The Wall Street Journal editorialized that, while Inslee is running on the issue of climate change, voters in Washington have twice rejected a carbon tax.

TVW has video of the full campaign kickoff press conference, which was held at A&R Solar in Seattle, which received AWB's 2017 Advance Award.

The Associated Press has video highlights of that press conference, with a focus on Inslee's comments on fighting climate change.

Inslee said his travels last year as head of the Democratic Governors Association put him in contact with people across the nation who want a presidential candidate focused on fighting climate change in the same spirit that America used to get to the moon in the 1960s.

"I am excited about this because, as I have traveled the country, I hear people waiting for the bugle call from the White House," Inslee told CNN last month. "We heard it from Kennedy when he said we are going to go to the moon. We need a similar bugle call to the American people on this."

Inslee joins a crowded field of 12 other Democrats, including six senators. The governor's campaign headquarters will be in Seattle, making his campaign the only one so far to be based on the West Coast. Crosscut has an analysis of Inslee's chances in the growing field of Democratic candidates.

Inslee is expected to follow up his announcement with trips to Iowa and Nevada in the coming days, his campaign said.

The Seattle Times, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News, The New Yorker and Vox also covered the story.

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