At Brown, War­ren down­plays 2020 pres­i­den­tial talk


PROV­I­DENCE — Demo­cratic U.S. Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren avoided talk of a pos­si­ble pres­i­den­tial run dur­ing a speech the day af­ter win­ning a sec­ond term, in­stead fo­cus­ing on what she called “a gov­ern­ment that works for ev­ery­one,” not just the few.

The Mas­sachusetts sen­a­tor spoke to a crowd at Brown Uni­ver­sity on Wed­nes­day, the day af­ter a midterm elec­tion in which Democrats won the House but lost seats in the Se­nate.

War­ren has pledged to take a hard look at a pres­i­den­tial run but didn’t ad­dress that dur­ing the speech. Af­ter the speech, she de­clined to an­swer when asked her time­line for a de- ci­sion.

In­stead, she blasted “trickle-down eco­nom­ics” and how dereg­u­la­tion and tax cuts have hurt ev­ery­day peo­ple, and said gov­ern­ment has a role to play in help­ing peo­ple’s lives.

“Gov­ern­ment mat­ters,” she said. “It mat­ters enor­mously.”

Many of the new Democrats com­ing to Wash­ing­ton ran “on a very pro­gres­sive agenda that gov­ern­ment is an im­por­tant part our lives, and that gov­ern­ment should have a role to play in help­ing make sure that ev­ery one of us gets ac­cess to af­ford­able health care, that we have ac­cess to an ed­u­ca­tion, that So­cial Se­cu­rity sur­vives and is strong and ro­bust,” War­ren said.

A fre­quent foil to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, she made sev­eral ref­er­ences to him dur­ing her talk, in­clud­ing when two stu­dents raised a DNA test she re­leased pro­vid­ing ev­i­dence of a Na­tive Amer­i­can in her lin­eage, ask­ing her about a video she re­leased with it and why she waited so long to ad­dress it.

War­ren replied that she had been at­tacked by Trump and her Se­nate op­po­nents about her an­ces­try, and that she wanted to be trans­par­ent.

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