On Saturday, one of the Democratic Senators many on the left wanted to see on a presidential ticket in 2020 said several times that she would not run for president, but she would not say that she intended to stay in the Senate.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) said she has no plans to seek the oval office, but she refused to commit to serving out a full six-year term in the Senate if she is reelected in 2018.
From The Hill: In the interview airing Sunday on “Meet the Press,” Warren repeated herself several times when pressed by host Chuck Todd on whether she planned to serve another six years in the Senate.
“So look, I am not running for president of the United States. I am running for the United States Senate,” Warren said.
“But let me actually make a — underline a point on this one, and that is we can’t just be a party that says, “Oh, we’re paying attention about what happens every four years.” And I know there’s a lot of anxiety, particularly on the Democratic side, about how we are going to deal with Donald Trump in 2020,” she added.
“I take it as a no you’re not pledging to serve your full six-year term if you win reelection?” Todd asked in response.
“I already told you. I have no intention of running for the United States, for president,” she responded. “This government is working better and better and better for a thinner and thinner slice at the top. I am in these fights, and I am in this fight to retain my Senate seat in 2018. That’s where I’m focused. That’s where I’m going to stay focused. I’m not running for president.”
“So no pledge, though, on the six years?” Todd asked, one last time.
“I am not running for president,” Warren responded firmly.
Warren was recently linked to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on a hypothetical Democratic ticket, where an opinion piece in The Hill said that one way for Democrats could regain the presidency was with such a ticket.
“The first model for a Democratic ticket in 2020 would be led by Sanders and Warren,” the piece said. “This would be the progressive populist ticket offering the [sic] most bold and sweeping agenda.”
The writer wasn’t just shooting from the hip in connecting the two. Sanders hosted a town meeting about income inequality featuring Warren on On March 19, which led to speculation about a Vice presidential run in Warren’s future.
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