In an expansive interview that began in his Senate office, Brown sketched the outlines of a potential presidential campaign that connects with the working-class, particularly Rust Belt voters who’ve fled the Democratic Party for Trump — but with a less divisive message.

“I don’t play off American workers against Mexican workers,” Brown told POLITICO, even as he touted his ability to draw support from “a lot of Trump voters.”

“I don’t inject race in it,” he added. “I don’t inject anti-foreigner sentiment in it.”