Moulton Drops Out of Presidential Race, Cautions Democrats

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Seth Moulton drops out of presidential race

Moulton, a three-term congressman from MA and U.S. Marine veteran who served four tours of duty in the Iraq War, struggled to gain traction in the Democratic race. 'It was a bigger handicap than I expected'. "Anybody in this race will be better than Donald Trump and I will enthusiastically support whoever the nominee is".

Moulton follows Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, two Democrats who shuttered their bids for the White House in recent days as the nomination contest moves toward the fall - and as the DNC imposes stricter requirements for a spot at upcoming debates.

Asked whether he would consider running for vice president, Moulton did not rule it out, but said, "It's very flattering, but I'm running to be the Congressman of the 6th District".

"The President of the United States does not give orders to our economy, to our business, to our corporations, to our people", Moulton said, "as if this is the Soviet Union, a community country".

"I'm not going around doing insane things just looking for a viral moment", Moulton said at a Washington Post Live event in June.

Moulton praised Biden Friday, but stopped short of an endorsement. Moulton had hoped that his focus on national security and service would set him apart in the large Democratic field, but the congressman was boxed out by other military veterans - namely Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Elizabeth Warren of MA and U.S. Sen.

Moulton added, "It's evident now that this is essentially a three-way race" among Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont with strong leads. "What can I say".

"I will continue to fight for a new generation of leadership in our party and our country".

"It's not true", he said at the time.

On Monday, Moulton will host a veterans' town hall meeting in Fairfax, Va., with retired Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal to talk about veterans' issue.

In 2018, Moulton said his election to the House was a call for change, particularly pushing back against then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.).

"I'm not going to be on the debate stage next month, but I am going to be out in Iowa and New Hampshire and SC and Nevada building a constituency for change this country needs", he added.

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