“[wants to] unite Americans in this moment to solve our most urgent problem, [global warming].”

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Jay Inslee

Governor of Washington state, since 2013

WITHDRAWN: August 21, 2019

Jay Inslee, in announcing his campaign, said, “I’m running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s number one priority.” He told supporters that he wants to “unite Americans in this moment to solve our most urgent problem,’’ which he identified as global warming.

Accomplishments: Inslee began his career as a lawyer in central Washington state, where he later entered local politics. He spent 15 years in the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected governor of Washington in 2012. Inslee won re-election to a second term as governor in 2016 and most recently served as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, helping to raise his profile in the party.

Foreign policy: While in Congress, Inslee voted against the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. In 2010, he signed a letter to then-President Barack Obama along with 54 other members of Congress urging greater pressure on Israel to ease the blockade of Palestinians in Gaza. Inslee supports refugees’ rights and has focused on the plight of people displaced by the Syrian conflict.

What sets him apart: Inslee became the first governor to enter the race for the Democratic nomination, which has been dominated by members of Congress. He also argues that his emphasis on combating climate change sets him apart from his Democratic competitors. His campaign logo is blue and green instead of the traditional red, white and blue, and features an image of the Earth.

Platform: Inslee has framed much of his platform around combating climate change, which he says is not just a moral imperative but an economic opportunity. In announcing his candidacy, he said he wants to “power our economy with 100 percent clean energy,’’ and said clean energy could create millions of jobs. A liberal Democratic, Inslee has said he is not a one-issue candidate. While working as the governor of Washington state, he has promoted gun restrictions, gay rights, abortion rights and more spending for education.