The end of the effort to draft Warren

June 2, 2015

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (C) walks to the Senate floor after the weekly Democratic caucus policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington May 12, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The progressive groups behind a grassroots effort to push Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren into the presidential race said on Tuesday they will be suspending the draft campaign.

Democracy for America and MoveOn.org, the groups behind the Run Warren Run campaign, said that on June 8 they would deliver a petition signed by 365,000 to Warren’s congressional office.

“The groups will then rest their case and suspend their effort, pivoting their focus to working alongside Sen. Warren and other progressive populists on issue fights like defeating Fast Track negotiating authority for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement,” the groups said in a release.

Staying out the race: U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) casts a shadow as she delivers remarks at an American Prospect forum on the role of journalism in progressive politics, in Washington May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The movements are also declaring their campaign a victory of sorts, in spite of their failure to pull Warren into the race. “To be sure, Warren—and grassroots economic populism more broadly—was already a rising force well before our efforts began,” wrote MoveOn executive director Ilya Sheyman and Democracy for America executive director Charles Chamberlain in Politico magazine today. “But look closely at the way the Run Warren Run effort unfolded, and you’ll see why, for us and for the 365,000 people who signed up, this campaign has already succeeded.”

 Since Run Warren Run launched in December 2014 it has held rallies and organizing parties, opened field offices in early-voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire and picked up endorsements from lawmakers and prominent progressives.

Warren said repeatedly that she wouldn’t run, and the movement’s leaders said that its core issue, income inequality, has already taken center stage in the 2016 Democratic presidential race: frontrunner Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the three declared candidates, have made the issue a focus of early speeches and campaign stops.

“Although Run Warren Run may not have sparked a candidacy, it ignited a movement,” wrote Sheyman and Chamberlain. “Even without her in the race, Elizabeth Warren and the Run Warren Run campaign she inspired have already transformed the 2016 presidential election by focusing every single Democratic candidate on combating our country’s income inequality crisis,” Chamberlain said in a statement.

 

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While I understand her reasons not to run, I remain very disappointed. Senator Warren is one of only a handful of politicians who seems to have demonstrated both intelligence and integrity while in office.

Posted by JamesWallack | Report as abusive

James you should take a close look at Bernie Sanders then. During his time in both the House and Senate he has always been a champion for the middle class and has been highlighting the issue of income inequality long before Elizabeth Warren. His integrity cannot be questioned and that can be verified by looking at his campaign contributors over the years on Opensecrets.org.

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