Sen. Jeff Merkley dips his toe in 2020 waters

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Gordon Friedman for The Oregonian:

“U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley stoked rumors of a possible 2020 presidential bid with a CNN interview in June and an op-ed in The Des Moines Register last week.

“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.'”

 

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