Sen. Sherrod Brown: I could beat Trump in Ohio and New York

Senator won't say if he's running for president

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(CNN) - Sen. Sherrod Brown says he could defeat President Donald Trump in Ohio and New York in 2020, even though he won't say if he's running for president yet.

"I would say that I will beat Trump in Ohio, where they know me best. I'll beat him in my home state and I'll beat him in his home state of New York, where they know him best," the Ohio Democrat told Van Jones on CNN's "The Van Jones Show," airing Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

Brown said he is still weighing a presidential bid with his family and said he likes the diversity and energy in an increasingly crowded Democratic field. He is going on a listening tour about "the dignity of work" in four early primary states.

"Too many national Democrats think that we either speak to the progressive base or you speak to the workers," Brown said. "When in fact, it's not an either-or, you got to do both."

Brown secured his re-election by 6 points in a state that Trump won by 8 points in the 2016 election. In his victory speech, Brown called his win "the blueprint for our nation in 2020."

Brown also called Trump a racist and said the President's messaging doesn't represent average voters looking toward 2020.

"I think it's so self-evident that the President is a racist, just like it's self-evident that the President lies a lot," he said.

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