During an interview on NPR, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) emphatically stated that she is not running for president now, but wouldn’t rule out a future White House bid.
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Sen. Warren, as you must know, that even as you were fighting over this in the Senate, there was a group called Ready for Warren that wants you to run for president, that released a letter signed by more than 300 people who describe themselves as former Obama campaign workers and staffers and aides. They want you to run. What do you say to them?
I’m, I’m not running for president. That’s not what we’re doing. We had a really important fight in the United States Congress just this past week. And I’m putting all my energy into that fight and to what happens after this.
Would you tell these independent groups, “Give it up!” You’re just never going to run.
I told them, “I’m not running for president.”
You’re putting that in the present tense, though. Are you never going to run?
I am not running for president.
You’re not putting a “never” on that.
I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?
What Sen. Warren’s answer most likely means is that if Hillary Clinton runs for the Democratic nomination, she will not run. If Hillary Clinton doesn’t run in 2016, or loses, then Elizabeth Warren could run for president. Sen. Warren’s answer sounds like she is keeping an open mind for the future, but that future is not 2016.
Warren has been an early backer of Clinton’s candidacy, and she has been a tireless campaigner for Democratic candidates around the country. Sen. Warren’s elevation to Senate leadership opens the door to the possibility that she could be in a position to be the future Majority Leader of the Senate. In other words, it is more likely that she someday takes Harry Reid’s job if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency.
There are a lot of doors opening for Elizabeth Warren, so it would be foolish for her to rule out any possibility. The Massachusetts Senator has no campaign organization, and she isn’t hiring staff or raising money for a White House bid. All of the other serious candidates on both sides are further into the process.
Elizabeth Warren may run for president in the future, but that future does not look like it is happening now.
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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