Senator Jeff Merkley Announces He Will Not Run for President in 2020

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley announces he will not run for President in the 2020 election.

Posted: Mar 5, 2019 3:14 AM
Updated: Mar 5, 2019 3:40 AM

Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley announces he will not run for President in the 2020 election. Merkley made the announcement this morning through a video on his website. Merkley says he will run for re-election in the Senate instead. 

In his video announcement Merkley says three crises threaten America. 

He says the first is a democracy crisis, "gerrymandering, voter suppression, and dark money corrupting our ability to elect a government by and for the people." 

He goes on to say we are in the midst of a climate crisis, "afflicting our forests, our farms, our fisheries. Costing more and more families their lives and livelihoods."

Merkley then says America is in an opportunity crisis, "strangling the American dream as affordable housing, quality education, health care, and good paying jobs, the four foundations for thriving families, keep getting further out of reach." 

Merkley says that over the past year he has weighed whether or not he should run for President or run for re-election in the Senate. He says that he believes "there are Democrats now in the Presidential race who are speaking to the importance of tackling the big challenges we face." 

In the end Merkley says his best contribution is to run for re-election in the Senate, "and do all I can to help the Senate be a full partner in addressing the challenges before us." 

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Cases: 397421

Reported Deaths: 5299
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Washington42725408
Marion40378520
Clackamas33323391
Lane30531364
Jackson25267363
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Linn15004184
Douglas13635295
Josephine10388249
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Klamath9144153
Polk8384103
Benton624440
Malheur594093
Coos5854109
Columbia442156
Jefferson427268
Lincoln369155
Crook345558
Union341857
Wasco320747
Clatsop265835
Baker223133
Tillamook220646
Hood River218637
Morrow198925
Curry194639
Harney121933
Grant109216
Lake106418
Wallowa76513
Sherman1953
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1161
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Reported Deaths: 74953
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San Diego4104514351
Riverside3912955388
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Kern1590231841
Fresno1581872284
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Alameda1262241514
San Joaquin1084911837
Ventura1049251194
Contra Costa1046451058
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Tulare869791102
San Francisco57458674
San Mateo56861631
Monterey52973626
Solano48014360
Santa Barbara47846555
Merced45506672
Sonoma43609414
Placer42736473
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Kings35547369
San Luis Obispo31803360
Madera26511315
Shasta26353465
Butte25690320
Santa Cruz22540224
Yolo21792263
Marin18728249
El Dorado18544168
Sutter14691186
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Yuba1084791
Humboldt10360119
Tehama10329133
Nevada10187105
Mendocino873799
Lassen801259
San Benito793980
Tuolumne782691
Lake7073113
Amador583267
Siskiyou480757
Glenn460336
Calaveras449988
Del Norte380442
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