Campaign to Draft Warren Suspends Efforts
Two advocacy groups encouraging Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016 have suspended their efforts.
The liberal senator has said repeatedly she will not seek the Oval Office next year, a message that seems to have finally hit home with her staunchest advocates.
Though leaders of Democracy for America and MoveOn.org, the two groups behind the six-month-old “Run Warren Run” effort, acknowledged not achieving their “central goal,” they are not admitting defeat. Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, and Charles Chamberlain, executive director of DFA, wrote in a Politico op-ed Tuesday morning that Warren’s influence is already present in the race for the White House.
“In the six months since we launched the Run Warren Run effort, Senator Warren’s agenda and message have transformed the American political landscape,” Sheyman and Chamberlain asserted. “Even some Republicans are positioning themselves to run against inequality (although their proposals would exacerbate it).”
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has taken a populist tone in many of her campaign speeches, using Warren-esque phrases such as “the deck is stacked” and “the game is rigged” in lamenting economic inequality, they noted.
“Although Run Warren Run may not have sparked a candidacy, it sparked a movement,” Sheyman and Chamberlain said of the 365,000 people who signed on with their campaign.
While the two organizers respect Warren’s decision not to enter the race, they said they are ready to mobilize “at a moment’s notice” if she reconsiders. The two groups will continue to fight alongside Warren against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and in favor of a higher minimum wage and organized labor.
Run Warren Run had hired nine full-time staffers, opened offices in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, and spent more than $1 million.
The RealClearPolitics national polling average shows Clinton with an overwhelming advantage over her closest Democratic rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, by almost 50 percentage points.
The group will officially close its doors on Monday after delivering its 365,000-signature petition to Warren.