War­ren to ‘take hard look’ at run for the pres­i­dency

The Guardian Weekly - - International News - Martin Pen­gelly Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Ben Ja­cobs

El­iz­a­beth War­ren will “take a hard look at run­ning for pres­i­dent” once the midterm elec­tions are over.

The Mas­sachusetts se­na­tor, 69 and long touted as a po­ten­tial 2020 nom­i­nee, made the telling re­mark at a town hall event in Holyoke last Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a Bos­ton Globe re­port, an au­di­ence mem­ber asked War­ren about her White House am­bi­tions. The pa­per said the se­na­tor first coun­selled a fo­cus on Demo­cratic at­tempts to re­take the House and Se­nate.

Ac­cord­ing to a ver­sion of War­ren’s re­marks emailed to the Guardian, the se­na­tor then said: “But let’s face [it], Don­ald Trump is tak­ing this coun­try in the wrong direc­tion. Work­ing peo­ple have taken one punch to the gut after an­other. And I am wor­ried down to my bones about what Don­ald Trump is do­ing to our democ­racy.”

War­ren then dis­cussed the Se­nate ju­di­ciary com­mit­tee hear­ing last Thurs­day in which Trump’s supreme court pick, Brett Ka­vanaugh, and one of three women who ac­cuse him of sex­ual as­sault, Dr Chris­tine Blasey Ford, tes­ti­fied be­fore an en­thralled and di­vided nation. “Wash­ing­ton was bro­ken long be­fore Don­ald Trump ever got there,” War­ren said. “But it has got­ten a whole lot worse. And then this week I watched 11 men who were too chicken to ask a woman a sin­gle ques­tion.”

War­ren con­tin­ued: “I watched as Brett Ka­vanaugh acted like he was en­ti­tled to that po­si­tion and an­gry at any­one who would ques­tion him. I watched pow­er­ful men help­ing a pow­er­ful man make it to an even more pow­er­ful po­si­tion.

“I watched that and I thought, ‘Time’s up. Time’s up. It’s time for women to go to Wash­ing­ton and fix our bro­ken govern­ment, and that in­cludes a woman at the top.’ So here’s what I prom­ise: after 6 Novem­ber, I will take a hard look at run­ning for pres­i­dent.”

War­ren was elected to the Se­nate in 2012 and con­sid­ered as a pos­si­ble run­ning mate for Hil­lary Clin­ton in 2016. Well-re­garded on the pro­gres­sive left of the Demo­cratic party, she has been fundrais­ing promi­nently for the midterms and her own cam­paigns.

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