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Liberal group pours $250,000 into draft Elizabeth Warren for president drive

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., questions Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew as he testifies at a Capitol Hill hearing examining the Financial Stability Oversight Council's annual report to Congress in Washington, June 25, 2014.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., questions Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew as he testifies at a Capitol Hill hearing examining the Financial Stability Oversight Council's annual report to Congress in Washington, June 25, 2014. AP

The liberal group Democracy for America is pouring $250,000 into an effort to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president.

The group is partnering with MoveOn.org in trying to persuade the first-term liberal Democratic senator from Massachusetts to run for the White House and potentially challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who’s regarded by many on the Democratic left as a more centrist and hawkish candidate.

‘The battle against income inequality is a defining issue of the 2016 race,’ Democracy for America Executive Charles Chamberlain said in a statement. ‘Senator Warren is Democrats’ most powerful voice in the fight against income inequality, capable of rallying our country to take aggressive action to protect struggling working families, hold powerful special interests accountable, and end the wealthy’s grip on government.’

Warren, who becomes a member of the Senate Democratic leadership team when the new Republican-controlled 114th Congress is sworn in next month, told NPR in an interview this week that she’s not running for president, but didn’t rule out doing it someday.

‘I’m not running for president. That’s not what I’m doing,’ Warren said. ‘We had a really important fight in the United States Congress just last week. And I’m putting all my energy into that fight and to what happens after this.’

After being asked repeatedly about possible 2016 presidential ambitions, Warren said ‘I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?’

But Democracy for America apparently isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer. DFA decided to go all-in on Warren after 87.6 percent of its members voted in favor of launching a draft Warren for president campaign.

The group and MoveOn plan to join forces to train and support volunteers and campaign staff to build a ‘broad, powerful movement Senator Warren will need to get in the 2016 race.’

The groups also intends to launch a 50-state strategy to build momentum for a Warren White House run.

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