WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – Former Harvard Law professor and Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., repeatedly has declined to run for president, but political groups are not giving up on her just yet.
The power players backing Warren, Moveon.org and Democracy for America, have said they plan to suspend the “Run Warren Run” campaign on Monday, June 8. But, they will lead a final effort to persuade Warren to run for the presidency by delivering a petition with more than 365,000 supporters’ signatures.
During their campaign to get Warren to run, the groups held more than 400 events, recruiting more than 60 state lawmakers and local party leaders from the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire to join their movement.
Most notably, the campaign groups backing Warren focused on defeating the effort to give President Obama “fast track” authority to complete the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
The New Bedford Standard-Times endorsed Warren’s candidacy writing, “Elizabeth Warren has it right on all the things that matter most to us on the South Coast and across Massachusetts … with principles that without a doubt, promote the well-being of the middle class.”
Elizabeth Warren was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2012. She is known as one of the nation’s top experts on bankruptcy and the financial burdens facing middle-class families.
Warren admits in her biography that being raised in a family on “the ragged edge of the middle class,” she experienced first-hand the pressures faced by working families.
In a CNN interview, Warren said she feels, “Washington functions well for special interest groups and the well-connected, but leaves out the rest of the nation.”
The Boston Globe called Warren a “fierce advocate” for her efforts to promote changes for working-class families, expand medical research and create new educational opportunities.
Though some of her ideas were considered “far left-wing,” supporters have lined up to urge Warren to run for president in the 2016 election.
Despite efforts to draft her in the presidential race, Warren repeatedly has said she will not seek the nomination.
In mid-May, the New York Times reported, “Many (liberal Democrats) are disappointed that (Warren) has declined to challenge Hillary Rodham Clinton in a run for the White House.”
“Even without her in the race, Elizabeth Warren and the ‘Run Warren Run’ campaign she inspired have already transformed the 2016 presidential election by focusing every single Democratic candidate on combating our country’s income inequality crisis,” said Charles Chamberlain, the Executive Director of Democracy for America,.
Some of Warren’s followers may end up backing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination and has offered an economic agenda in line with Warren’s views.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)