Hassan eyes 2020 race

Only one state holds its presidential nominating event earlier than New Hampshire: Iowa.

That is where published reports indicate U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., is headed later this month. She is scheduled to be the featured speaker at an Iowa Democratic Party event.

Does this mean the first-term senator, and former two-term Granite State governor, is running for president?

While a senator’s visit to Iowa (or New Hampshire) is far from confirmation that he or she is running for president, it seems to suggest an interest.

Hassan would bring distinct qualifications and experiences to a potential presidential run. According to her website, Hassan is only the second woman in the nation’s history to be elected as both a governor and a U.S. senator, with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., being the other.

Having worked as a governor in a politically competitive state such as New Hampshire gives Hassan a different perspective than almost every other potential 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. As governor in a “purple” state, she had to find a way to get things done, sometimes while working with members of the opposing political party. She could not get by on making outlandish statements or radical promises.

Some of the possible 2020 Democratic candidates with higher national profiles simply do not have backgrounds similar to Hassan. Among them are U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., both of whom are hoping to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As senators from states where Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans, Gillibrand and Warren do not have to worry about moderation.

Other potential 2020 Democrats include U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. Not one of the states represented by these senators has gone Republican in the Electoral College for at least 30 years, nor have any of these individuals served as governors.

We encourage Hassan to consider throwing her hat in the ring for the 2020 Democratic presidential race. Not only would she represent New Hampshire, it seems certain she would bring a unique outlook to the Democratic campaign, which may otherwise be dominated by out-of-touch left-wing extremism.