Senator Jeff Merkley, a Quiet Stalwart of the Left, Has a Breakout Moment at the Border

The New York Times buried the lede on this story about Senator Jeff Merkley . . . he's testing the waters of a 2020 presidential run.

It is undoubtedly not lost on him that the ensuing publicity is good for his career; Mr. Merkley also acknowledged that he was “exploring the possibility” of a 2020 presidential bid. (He has previously said he was “keeping the options open.”) Asked whether he would stay out of the race should Ms. Warren or Mr. Sanders become candidates, he leaned back in his chair and said, “Not necessarily.”

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