Steve Bullock, the 53-year-old governor of Montana, is running for president, making him the 23rd Democrat to enter the diverse field of candidates angling to take on President Trump in 2020.

The big picture: As another moderate white guy — the 4th male candidate with a last name starting with "B" — with little name recognition and a comparably late campaign start, Bullock faces an uphill battle to distinguish himself from the pack.

Themes from Bullock's 3-minute announcement video:

  • Bipartisanship: He emphasizes that "as a Democratic governor from a state Trump won by 20 points, I don't have the luxury of just talking to the people who agree with me."
  • Fighting corruption: "Today we see evidence of a corrupt system all across America, a government that serves campaign money, not the people," Bullock says, pointing to his fight to ban dark money in elections after the Citizens' United v. FEC ruling in 2010.
  • Humble beginnings: Bullock talks about being raised by a single mother in a family that struggled to get by.

What's next: Bullock will host a campaign launch rally on Tuesday at Helena High School in Montana. Then he'll begin an eight-stop swing to Iowa through this weekend.

Go deeper: Keep track of the 2020 candidates with our election graphic

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Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

President Trump repeatedly refused to say on Wednesday whether he would commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election to Joe Biden, saying at a press briefing: "We're going to have to see what happens."

The big picture: Trump has baselessly claimed on a number of occasions that the only way he will lose the election is if it's "rigged," claiming — without evidence — that mail-in ballots will result in widespread fraud. Earlier on Wednesday, the president said he wants to quickly confirm a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg because he believes the Supreme Court may have to decide the result of the election.

"Not enough": Protesters react to no murder charges in Breonna Taylor case

A grand jury has indicted Brett Hankison, one of the Louisville police officers who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March, on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots blindly into neighboring apartments.

The state of play: Angering protesters, the grand jury did not indict any of the three officers involved in the botched drug raid on homicide or manslaughter charges related to the death of Taylor.

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U.S. no longer recognizes Lukashenko as legitimate president of Belarus

Lukashenko at his secret inauguration. Photo: Andrei Stasevich/BELTA/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. no longer recognizes Aleksandr Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus, the State Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Lukashenko has clung to power with the support of Russia amid seven weeks of protests that have followed a blatantly rigged election. Fresh protests broke out Wednesday evening in Minsk after it emerged that Lukashenko had held a secret inauguration ceremony.

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