“Merkley wouldn’t confirm if he’s considering a presidential campaign. But neither would he flatly deny it.
“Asked if it’s fair to say he’s considering a run, Merkley told The Oregonian/OregonLive, “‘It’s fair to say I’m completely focused on my 25 senate colleagues who are up for reelection.'”
“Nevertheless, Merkley’s recent public statements have prompted some to declare strongly that he is, in fact, running.
“‘We can absolutely say he’s running now,'” Pacific University professor Jim Moore, who studies Oregon politics, told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “‘There’s no reason for him to write to people in Iowa, other than he’s testing the waters.'”