Is E. Warren considering a run for president?

Is Warren’s book tour a campaign trial run?

Elizabeth Warren has told ABC News, the Huffington Post and countless other news sources that she does not plan to run for president.

This has not stopped experts from trying to guess how her campaign could go if she changed her tune.

The release of Warren’s memoir, A Fighting Chance, has sparked more questions about whether she might run.

A Fighting Chance chronicles Warren’s career in Washington, first as a financial advisor and fierce consumer advocate, and finally as a Massachusetts senator.

Her 11-city book tour does not stop in any battleground states, as would be expected of a pre-campaign or “trial run,” according to the Washington Examiner.

However, releasing a memoir such as A Fighting Chance is the kind of thing many candidates do before running, Huffington Post and The New Yorker reported.

Former Rep. Barney Frank, who worked with Warren before she became a senator, said he thinks she will run.

“In the first place, why would anyone want to get into a profession and have no interest in rising to the top of it?” Frank said to the Washington Examiner .

There is speculation that she could run solely to bring attention to her cause- consumer protection. However, Warren suggested otherwise in her memoir, writing, “Run and lose. Gee, that sounds fun. Maybe I’d do that right after I deliberately slammed my fingers in a car door.”

This does not paint a picture of someone who would run without a clear path to victory.

Hillary Clinton is currently up by 50 points in the polls and could well be the Democratic candidate for 2016. Warren could, in theory, raise enough support through grassroots campaigns to get ahead in the early primaries, the Washington Examiner reported.

The Obama campaign used this strategy in 2008. President Obama spent much of 2006 saying he would not run for president.

However, Warren has said to ABC News, “…all of the women—Democratic women I should say—of the Senate, urged Hillary Clinton to run, and I hope she does. Hillary is terrific.” She was one of several signers of a letter urging Clinton to run.

In 2001 Warren criticized Democrats, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, who supported a bankruptcy bill that, she said, is tilted in favor of corporate interests.

Warren continues to denounce the bill and policies resembling it, but no longer mentions Hillary Clinton by name in her criticisms.

“Look, I’ve made it clear all the was through this book, and really what I’ve been working on for the last 25 years, that I’m worried a lot about power in the financial services industry,” Warren told The Washington Post.

Progressive Democrats have been pulling for a candidate from the “Elizabeth Warren wing” of the party for some time, and she seems to be a favorite of Progressives.

Also, Republicans currently consider Warren a possible opponent. The America Rising Political Action Committee (ARPAC) is one vehicle for opposition research on Warren.

Director of the America Rising Political Action Committee (PAC) Tim Miller said to the Washington Examiner, “We’re monitoring Warren, including having trackers at her book tour events.”

 

-Dionna Cheatham ’15, Junior Politics/Opinions Editor

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