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Seth Moulton Ends 2020 Presidential Campaign With a Warning



Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts is dropping out of the presidential race, ending a candidacy that emphasizes Mr. Moulton's centrist politics and military service but has gained no traction with Democratic primary voters.

Mr. Moulton, 40, said in an interview that he had no immediate plans to endorse another candidate, but he warmly praised former Vice President, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Mr. Moulton planned to announce the end of his campaign in a formal speech before the Democratic National Committee on Friday.

Mr. Moulton said that most of the other Democratic candidates were thus in the process of being tested at this point, with only a few exceptions ̵

1; Mr. Biden and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders – remaining as competitors for the nomination. He warned in the interview that if Democrats were to embrace an overly liberal platform, it could make it harder for Trump's party to defeat.

"I think it's a three-way race between Biden, Warren and Sanders, "Mr. Moulton said."

[ The next Democratic debate is one poll away from being held over two nights (again) .]

Mr. Moulton said he would run for re-election to the House, representing a coastal area to the north and east of Boston. Mr. Moulton was a presidential candidate, and he is likely to face a contested primary.

Mr. Moulton said he would relaunch his political action committee, Serve America, to promote issues related to veterans and the military. Those issues, he said, were not "getting the attention they deserve" in the presidential race.

With Mr. Moulton's departure, the sprawling Democratic field wants to shrink to 21 candidates.

He is the fourth Democrat to leave the presidential race this summer, following Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Representative Eric Swalwell of California. Mr Hickenlooper announced on Thursday that he would run for Senate, while Mr Inslee and Mr Swalwell are running for re-election to their current posts.

Mr Moulton campaigned on national security and promoting public service, and criticizing Mr. Trump for damaging the country's most vital alliances. In May, he said he was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, and called for new policies to attend to the mental health issues of soldiers and veterans. Stanley McChrystal, the retired general who led American forces in Afghanistan, endorsed Mr. Moulton's campaign.

But Mr. Moulton entered the race late, in a strategic choice he now concedes was a mistake. He announced his candidacy in late April, Mr. Biden became a candidate and overshadowed much of the rest of the Democratic field.


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