Elizabeth Warren: "I Am Not Running For President"


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told NPR's Steve Inskeep at least four times she's not running for president in an interview broadcasted Monday.

"I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?" Warren said after being pressed several times about a potential candidacy.

On Friday's edition of PBS's NewsHour, New York Times columnist David Brooks said Warren "owes it to us to run."

STEVE INSKEEP, NPR: Sen. Warren, as you must know, that even as you were fighting over this in the Senate, there was a group called Ready for Warren that wants you to run for president, that released a letter signed by more than 300 people who describe themselves as former Obama campaign workers and staffers and aides. They want you to run. What do you say to them?

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: I'm, I'm not running for president. That's not what we're doing. We had a really important fight in the United States Congress just this past week. And I'm putting all my energy into that fight and to what happens after this.

INSKEEP: Would you tell these independent groups, "Give it up!" You're just never going to run.

WARREN: I told them, "I'm not running for president."

INSKEEP: You're putting that in the present tense, though. Are you never going to run?

WARREN: I am not running for president.

INSKEEP: You're not putting a "never" on that.

WARREN: I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?

Listen to the full NPR interview here.

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