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Brown, eventually, says 'no' to presidential bid

Asked at a media briefing Thursday whether she will run for president, Brown at first deflected the question.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Gov. Kate BrownThis week alone, two more Democrats announced plans to run for president, joining a vast field of hopefuls trying to deny President Donald Trump a second term.

So, what about Oregon Gov. Kate Brown?

Asked at a media briefing Thursday whether she will run for president, Brown at first deflected the question.

"I am very focused right now on governing the state of Oregon, and I plan to stay focused on this job that I love very much," Brown said.

When it was pointed out that Brown's response was not a "no," the governor tried again.

"I'm really focused on being governor," Brown said. "Thank you, though."

This response still not being a "no," Brown was pressed once more to answer the question. She laughed, then sighed.

"No," she said loudly.

Another leading Oregon Democrat, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, publicly toyed with the idea of running for president in 2020. Last month, Merkley said he will instead run for re-election to the Senate next year.

Brown's neighboring governor, Washington's Jay Inslee, has declared his candidacy. Inslee is running on a platform centered on addressing climate change.