Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley say presidential candidates have given housing ‘short shrift’

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have sparred on health care and higher education. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have a lot to say about immigration and international terrorism.

But there’s one issue that U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley think is lacking on the presidential campaign trail: housing.

“It should absolutely be getting more attention,” Merkley said Tuesday, after a Portland forum he organized on housing affordability. Since “a lot of the national conversation is about inequality,” he said, housing should be a natural component of the discussion.

Wyden said he has watched some of the presidential debates and believes housing has gotten “short shrift.” He and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, whose congressional district includes most of Portland, appeared alongside Merkley at the forum, held at the Gray’s Landing affordable housing development in the South Waterfront neighborhood.

But, Wyden added, the lack of emphasis on housing “is precisely what we’re going

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