Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown won’t run for president if his wife doesn’t wants him to take the leap.
“I am lucky and burdened to be married to a man who will not do this if I don’t wholeheartedly want to be a part of it all,” Brown’s wife, Connie Schultz, said Sunday on CNN’s Reliable Sources.
“He just won’t. So, there it is. I’m blaming him and thanking him at the same time.”
The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist told host Brian Stelter that a decision is likely within a couple of months.
“It’s incremental, at least in our case,” she said. “How do I describe this? Think of any big decision you’ve made in life, you know? Unless you’re forced to make it instantly, it’s something you have to get used to thinking about.”
She described considering running for president as “an earthquake in a marriage.”
Republicans used material from Brown’s 1986 divorce in an unsuccessful attempt to stop his re-election last year, and Schultz said they already anticipate “the horrible dirty tactics particularly of the Trump campaign.”
“I expect that that will be the worst. I mean, people keep telling us — longtime activists in politics are trying to get us to run, also warn us that this will be the ugliest race that perhaps we’ve seen in this country.”
Schultz also took issue with some of the coverage of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy, especially the comparisons with 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on whether she is “likable” enough.
Schultz said, “Why is the likability issue only Elizabeth Warren’s to own? And some seem surprised that I would say that because my husband may be running. But, look, I’m a feminist all the time.”
Warren was the first major Democrat to form an exploratory committee, and she test-drove her campaign this weekend in Iowa, which traditionally holds the first presidential caucus. Brown has yet to make such a foray.