Warren on Democratic Party Donations: "I Am Not Running For President. I Am Running For Senate"


In an interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) denied she donated $250,000 to every state Democratic party as a move to start a 2020 campaign for president. Warren said the donations were to build party "infrastructure" because she wants a Democratic party that "picks fights."

CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC HOST: I -- I want to ask you about something you just announced since I have you here. You just donated $5,000 to every state Democratic party for a total of $250,000. People are interpreting that as a big move perhaps on the way to running for President. Is that a correct interpretation?

SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN: No. I am not running for President. I’m running for Senate in Massachusetts.

HAYES: I asked if that was a correct interpretation as a first move toward that?

WARREN: No. Let me tell you what it is a move toward. I believe that we need to build the infrastructure in the Democratic party in every single state in this country. And that means they need resources right now.

HAYES: Right.

WARREN: To be able to reach out, to be able to get voters registered, to be able to do their grassroots organizing and I want to help them in any way I can. You know, the other part I talked about at this -- at this same speech you’re talking about is the importance of having a Democratic party that stands for something. A Democratic party that isn’t just willing to take on a fight when it comes to it. A Democratic party that picks fights. A Democratic party that makes people across this country say, I want to get out there and vote. That’s -- that’s what I want to see.

HAYES: Senator Elizabeth Warren thank you for your time tonight.

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