Elizabeth Warren Just Actually Ruled Out Running For President In 2016
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) finally, definitively said she will not run for president in 2016.
In an interview with Fortune magazine published Tuesday, the liberal favorite stopped dodging questions and directly said she is not going to run for president.
"No," she said, succinctly.
Warren previously would only answer the question in present tense: "I'm not running for president."
When interviewers pressed her again and again if she would rule out running for president int he future, she demurred.
This ambiguity left hope for Democratic activists who want a more liberal alternative to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary. Warren, a prominent critic of Wall Street abuses, was arguably the most viable Clinton challenger and her new definitive statement on the race could shift more attention to rivals like Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), and former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Virginia).
In her interview with Fortune, Warren said whomever Democrats ultimately nominate will "need to speak to America’s families about the economic crisis in this country" in order to win the general election.
"It starts with the recognition that Washington works for the rich and powerful and not for America’s families. From there, it has to go into what changes we need to make, and that gets back to education, infrastructure, and research," she continued.