THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY SEASON kicks off next year and there is one big question hanging over the Democratic party, the question that has haunted them ever since 2016: the rust belt. For the last quarter century, it was solid blue, but Donald Trump changed that.

And as 2020 approaches, the Democrats find themselves wondering, is there a candidate who can take it back? Could Sen. Sherrod Brown, an unashamedly left-wing, pro-labor Ohio senator who won a third term these past midterms, be the Democrats’ answer to Donald Trump in 2020?

And is he even going to run, against the likes of Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren? Mehdi Hasan is joined by Sen. Sherrod Brown himself to discuss his presidential ambitions, and then with The Intercept’s DC bureau chief Ryan Grim and Bernie Sanders’ former organizing director Claire Sandberg to analyze the rust belt and the 2020 electoral field.

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