Jeff Merkley says he's 'exploring the possibility' of a 2020 presidential bid
Should Sens. Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders become candidates, Merkley told the Times he would "not necessarily" stay out of the race.
In April, the Oregon senator said he was "keeping the options open," but his focus remained on 2018.
Merkley has been in the news as of late for his visit to an immigrant processing center on the southern border and for calling the President's latest executive order "handcuffs for all plan," a nickname referencing his worry that the order will land entire families in prison.
Hmmm. I'm unfamiliar with him, except for his recent appearances on tv regarding the immigrant children imprisonment thing.
I expect we'll see other names pop up as possible Presidential candidates that weren't on the radar before.
So far, I like him. It doesn't bother me at all if several good Democrats enter the 2020 primaries. Hopefully we can go back to normal primary races, unlike the Clinton/Sanders race where too many Dems lost sight of the importance of unity once the dust settles.
but I don't think he has the exposure for it at this point. His work on the border issues will help that.
2018 Blue Wave needs to happen first though.
but, he's 61 years old and the little I've heard of him, he's not the most dynamic of individuals.
For what it's worth, Democrats have done better with young & charismatic candidates - JFK, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama come to mind.
They both kicked Franken out of the Senate for no good reason, other than personal ambition (IMO). Plus I don't view them as Presidential material, which may explain why they felt they needed to get rid of those who were overshadowing them.
Unfamiliar with Newsom. I'll have to look him up, like Merkley.
61 isn't old for a Presidential candidate. But I get what you're saying.
And I highly doubt they purposely got behind the effort to boot Franken because they felt he was overshadowing them.
His book "Lying Liars" back in the early 2000s really opened my eyes and eventually lead me to finding DU.
However, as funny as he can be, I'm not sure he has the dynamism that works as a presidential candidate.
is currently running for governor of California after 8 years as Jerry Brown's Lt Governor. He made a big splash before that as Mayor of San Francisco with his push for gay marriage.
Booker is a Rhodes Scholar, Yale Law School graduate and a dynamic speaker.
He's great. My wife once joked with him that if he ran for President, she'd vote for him twice. To which he quipped "Vote early, vote often."
He does a good job for Oregon, he's smart and realistic, and he doesn't overpromise. If he says he's going to do something, he does it. There's a lot of time in the next year, year and a half, for the Democratic field to come into focus. But Merkeley should receive some serious attention.