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."