Is Elizabeth Warren Prepping Her 2020 Presidential Run?

It seems like only yesterday that Democrats optimistically imagined a new era with Hillary Clinton in the White House, a progressive block in the Supreme Court and Elizabeth Warren as the new majority leader in the Senate. Now, even in the complete opposite situation, many are still looking to the senator from Massachusetts as a potential light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

Will Warren step in and become the presidential nominee so many Democrats hope for? And if so, can she take down Donald Trump in 2020?

As Republicans tighten their stranglehold on all three branches of government, Warren has become one of many spokespeople on the left calling out the far-right, pro-corporate, pro-one percent bent of the new administration.

Her refusal to back down when GOP Senator Mitch McConnell admonished her for speaking against Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General brought about the legendary rallying cry, “Nevertheless she persisted.” The memorable moment established Warren as a champion for a voiceless minority.

Now Warren is upping her profile even more. She has released a new book, “This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class,” and the publicity surrounding it makes a natural platform for a potential 2020 presidential campaign launch.

“She initially assumed the book would be a friendly spur to the left for a president named Hillary Clinton, viewed by some liberals as an uncertain ally on such issues as trade. Then Donald Trump won the White House,” reports USA Today. ”Now Trump’s unexpected victory has given Warren’s message a more apocalyptic edge. Her plan to bolster the case for progressive policies in a Democratic administration has been turned into a rallying cry against the economic and social proposals of a Republican one. ‘The direction that Donald Trump and his team want to drive this country is a direction that I don’t think America’s middle class can survive,’ she warns.”

New books and book tours are often a traditional way to test the political waters for a future presidential candidate. At the beginning of the 2016 cycle, now HUD Secretary Ben Carson used his own book tour as a presidential campaign tour — and vice versa — throughout much of 2015. As a result Carson had his own brief moment as a front-runner nominee, although that status was soon erased by the unconventional campaigning of Donald Trump.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embarked on a book tour as well, with media noting that it was unofficially the soft launch of her 2016 campaign.

Media is speculating the same of Warren today, but so far the senator claims she has no plans involving 2020.

“In an appearance on NBC’s ‘Today’ show to promote her book ‘This Fight Is Our Fight,’ Warren dodged questions from hosts Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer about whether she is weighing a presidential run as pockets of support around the country for her possible candidacy continue to emerge,” Politico reports. “‘Senator, a lot of people are saying what this book is about is launching the presidential campaign of Elizabeth Warren,’ Guthrie asked. ‘Now, it’s tradition to be coy about that in Washington. But where is your mind about that? Are you 50/50? 80/20? Where do you stand? Are you likely to run?’ ‘No. This is not what I’m doing,’ Warren said. ‘This is my 11th book. My life’s work is about what’s happening to working families across this country.’”

Warren may be saying no, but the GOP doesn’t believe it. Instead, the party is preparing for a preemptive strike.

“America Rising Political Action Committee says Ms. Warren needs to be taken down a few pegs, so the group is beginning an initiative to put her under the microscope as she kicks off a tour in New York Tuesday for her latest book, ‘This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class,’” the Washington Times reports. “‘Our goal is to make sure there is a lot of negative information flowing around Sen. Warren,’ said Colin Reed, executive director of America Rising PAC. ‘We view this book launch as the soft launch of her presidential campaign, and what I don’t want is for her to have a 2018 re-election to the Senate that she then parlays into the start of the presidential run without any roadblocks in her way.’”

Is this the opening salvo of the 2020 presidential race? If so, it will be a very, very long cycle indeed.

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84 comments

Marie W
Marie W2 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Don Z
Don Z7 months ago

Let's hope she runs. The fake indian doesn't stand a chance in hell of winning.

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Brian F
Brian F7 months ago

Dan B Most people support raising the minimum wage tp $15.00 an hour. While the idea of raising the minimum wage is broadly popular, a Pew Research Center survey this past August found clear partisan and racial differences in support. Overall, 52% of people favored increasing the federal minimum to $15 an hour, but that idea was favored by just 21% of Trump supporters (versus 82% of Clinton backers). And while large majorities of blacks and Hispanics supported a $15 federal minimum wage, 54% of whites opposed it.
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/01/04/5-facts-about-the-minimum-wage/

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Brian F
Brian F7 months ago

Dan B Single payer universal healthcare remains extremely popular among Democrats, with nearly 80 percent in support, according to the poll, which was shared first with The Hill by the Progressive Change Institute. Over 50 percent of people say they still support single payer universal healthcare, including one-quarter of Republicans, according to a new poll.
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/229959-majority-still-support-single-payer-option-poll-finds

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIE7 months ago

Thank you

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william Miller
william Miller7 months ago

Thanks

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld7 months ago

Brian F.,
I think you are confusing "most people" with you own preferences. While 62% favored free college tuition and 61% favor legalizing marijuana, support for single payer universal heathcare is about 50:50. Contrarily, there is little support for a $15 minimum wage. A Rasmussen poll fond that just 12% support raising the minimum wage to $15.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/jobs_employment/april_2016/few_americans_support_15_minimum_wage_in_their_state

In reality, the minimum wage should really be a state by state decision (maybe even city), as the cost of living varies significantly across the country. A $7.25 / hr wage buys a lot more in rural Mississippi than urban New York or San Francisco.

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Brian F
Brian F7 months ago

Eric L Most people in the country agree with Bernie Sanders, and support his progressive positions like single payer universal healthcare, free colleges, marijuana legalization, and a $15.00 minimum wage. The average corporate CEO makes 260 times worker pay, up from 10 times 30 years ago, so most people agree with Bernie Sanders that wealth inequality is serious problem in our country.

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Eric Lees
Eric Lees7 months ago

@Brian F "Roberta G As I stated before, Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, Ed Shultz, Susan Sarandon, Michael Moore, Josh Fox, and most progressives in the country agree with me that the corrupt DNC, cheated Bernie Sanders out of his primary"

Brian, there seams to be what is holding you back, you rightly point out many inequality but come to the wrong conclusions. If those are who you think are real progressives then you do not understand what a real progressive is.

Socialism, Statism or Tyranny is slavery. The opposite of progressive. Liberty is real Progress.

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Philippa P
Philippa Powers7 months ago

Thanks.

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