Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) declared on Al Sharpton’s show last night that she’s “not running for president,” but it didn’t appear to be a definitive statement as 2016 looms in the distance.
Some on the far-left want Warren or Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to run, arguing that they are much more populist and committed to liberal orthodoxy than Hillary Clinton.
Warren lambasted Republicans for blocking a minimum wage hike in the Senate. “I just don’t know the alternative world that says that we don’t need a minimum wage for people. I’ll give you 14 million reasons we should raise the minimum wage. And that’s the number of children whose economic fortunes would be improved if their parents made at least $10.10 an hour. Nobody should work full time and still live in poverty,” she said on MSNBC.
“My mom worked a minimum wage job to keep us from losing our house. I went to college. There was no money for college for me. I went to college at a community college that cost $50 a semester. Why? Because I grew up in an America that was investing in young people, that was investing in the future, that was trying to give every kid a fair shot. And now, we’ve got a group in Washington who just say nope. This place is supposed to run for the rich and the powerful. Help them get richer, help them get more powerful. Well, all I can say is that we have something on our side, too. We may not have their money. We may not have their power, but what we’ve got is our voices, we’ve got our votes and we’re going to fight back,” Warren continued.
When asked if there were any circumstances under which she’d run for president, the first-term senator replied, “That’s not what I’m focused on.”
“You know, what’s important right now is that we not get distracted and lose our focus on the importance of raising the minimum wage, on the importance of reducing student loan debt. We’re going to have to tackle Social Security and make sure that it’s there for all of our people for the rest of this century. We’ve got to raise payments for those at the bottom. We’ve got to stay after those big financial institutions and make sure that they’re accountable when they break the law. There need to be consequences. We got so much we’ve got work on right now. I don’t want to lose focus on that,” she added.
“I’m not running for president. But I am going to stay focused on these issues… And what I’m hopeful is that we stay organized or our side, we make our voices heard, we make our votes count, we can make some real change in Washington.”