Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is deferring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, stressing to the Today show this morning that she’s not throwing her name into the ring.
“No. I’m not running and I’m not going to run,” Warren said. “I’m in Washington. I’ve got this really great job and a chance to try and make a difference on things that really matter.”
“I think we need to lower the interest rate on student loans. I think we need to put more money into medical research. I think that we need to raise the minimum wage. Nobody should work full time and still live in poverty. I think we need to strengthen Social Security and expand its reach. There’s a lot to fight over right this minute.”
Pressed on 2016 again, she repeated, “I’m not running. I’m not running.”
Warren said she never even entertained the idea of running. “Look, what I’m working on are the issues the people of Massachusetts sent me to work on.”
On whether Clinton is the right candidate for a liberal platform?
“Well, I think we need to give her a chance to decide if she’s going to run and to declare and to lay out what she wants to run on. I think that’s her opportunity to do that,” Warren said.
“But this is really the point: I think that everyone needs to be talking about it, in every race, in every part of this country, about how it is that we build a future. Because right now Washington is working great for those who have money and power. It’s working great for those who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers. It’s just not working so great for the American people, for real families. And that’s where we’ve got to make a change.”