Former Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer may be making headlines after ending his race for the presidency, but a pretty funny video seems to be outshining that news.
Steyer spoke to CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield about dancing with rapper Juvenile on stage to hit song “Back That Thang Up,” saying life can be really fun.
“We are talking about really serious things here,” he said. “All I was doing last night was having a little fun...”
In wake of the laughs from the video, Steyer announced Saturday night in Columbia that he was dropping out of the White House race. After spending nearly $24 million on television advertising in the state, he finished behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday. It was Steyer’s best showing in the 2020 race but not enough to keep him in the contest.
“Honestly, I can’t see a path where I can win the presidency," Steyer said.
Steyer rose to national prominence as a climate change activist and by investing heavily in a campaign to impeach President Donald Trump. His presidential campaign was heavily focused on South Carolina, where he sought to appeal to black voters by decrying yawning inequalities in American life that he said were caused by racism.
“Am I going to continue to work on every single one of these issues?” Steyer said in announcing his departure. "Yes, of course I am. I’ve never stopped.”
With a net worth estimated by Forbes as $1.6 billion, Steyer was a presence in the Democratic contest well before he made his candidacy official in July 2019, blanketing the airwaves with $10 million in television ads advocating for Trump's impeachment.
Steyer's “Need to Impeach” campaign spawned speculation that the 62-year-old would go a step further and also challenge Trump at the ballot box. In the meantime, though, the near-constant ads maintained high visibility for Steyer, who also launched a multicity town hall tour and petition campaign. He traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, in January 2019 to say that he wouldn't run for the White House, only to change his mind six months later and enter the race.
While his first political bid, the presidential effort was not the first time Steyer had considered running for office. He eyed bids for governor of California in 2018 and the Senate in 2016.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.