Holder Visits Iowa to Test Presidential Campaign Waters

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder travels to Iowa on Tuesday as he weighs whether to join a growing field of Democrats seeking the presidential nomination in 2020, NPR reports. He is expected to make a decision in the next two weeks. Holder, who served for six years under former President Obama, will speak at Drake University Law School in Des Moines. “We should be dissatisfied with an administration rife with corruption, stunning incompetence, and shameful intolerance,” Holder will say. “Most of all, we should be dissatisfied by that same administration’s total abdication of moral and policy leadership and its failure to address the many other urgent challenges we face: A democracy that’s under attack. A climate crisis that’s ignored. And racial and cultural divisions that are weaponized and exploited for political gain.”

Holder will recall his visits to Iowa in 2007 “on behalf of a long-shot presidential candidate who had inspired me with his optimism and his vision for our country.” Should Holder mount a 2020 presidential run, it would be the first bid for elective office by the career prosecutor, who was President Bill Clinton’s deputy attorney general and became the nation’s first African-American attorney general under Obama. When Holder floated the possibility of a White House bid last year, it took many by surprise. He has chaired the National Democratic Redistricting Committee to help Democratic candidates in key state races and to challenge gerrymandering ahead of 2020 redistricting. Holder will talk about the importance of voting rights and an accurate census count Tuesday. If he runs, the fact he was the first sitting Cabinet member to be held in contempt of Congress over his role in the bungled gun-trafficking operation “Fast and Furious” will be brought up.

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