MoveOn.org is trying to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016, but Sen. Warren has already rejected their efforts and made it clear that she won’t be running against Hillary Clinton.
Via a press release, MoveOn announced their member vote to draft Warren,
For the first time in its 16-year history, the 8-million-member group is holding a nationwide membership vote on a presidential draft campaign. If the vote succeeds, the group will focus on persuading the Massachusetts senator, who has become known as a tireless, passionate advocate for middle-class and working families, to seek the presidency.
Voting is open to MoveOn’s full membership across the country until 10 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday morning. The result will be announced at 11 a.m. Eastern.
The campaign, if ratified by MoveOn’s members, will include:
– offices and staff in early primary and caucus states like Iowa and New Hampshire,
– the assembly of a national volunteer army ready to go to work if Sen. Warren enters the race,
– recruiting small-dollar donors who pledge their support,
– and ads and media products that call attention to how Sen. Warren has stood up and fought for the middle class and her powerful vision for our country’s future.
The organization will invest at least $1 million in the first phase of the launch.
Warren’s press secretary put an end to dream of drafting the senator in 2016 by saying for the billionth time, “As Senator Warren has said many times, she is not running for president.”
Sen. Warren is not running because she supports Hillary Clinton in 2016. Warren has shown herself to be a tireless campaigner for Democratic candidates and a loyal party member. She seems like anything, but the go it alone type who would break with her party to launch and outsider bid for president.
There is a candidate that would be perfect for the left that groups like MoveOn continue to ignore. Sen. Bernie Sanders is serious about challenging Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, and he would welcome a million dollar investment in a primary campaign organization.
Whether progressives want to believe it or not, Elizabeth Warren is not running. She has made zero moves towards a bid for the presidency. If groups like MoveOn were smart, they would be lining up behind Sanders and stop wasting their time chasing the fantasy of Elizabeth Warren in 2016.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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