Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., announced Wednesday that she plans to complete her first term in the Senate and will not run for president in 2016, the Boston Globe reports.
"I'm not running for president and I plan to serve out my term," Warren said at a press conference with Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh. Warren’s current term ends in January 2019.
In recent weeks, Warren has been touted as a potential foil for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumptive frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination. The New Republic in particular touted Warren’s willingness to take on Wall Street as an example of her staunch stances that have endeared her to the left wing of the party. Now some may be let down as it appears Warren will not run at all.
As the press conference continued, Warren was pressed several more times to declare that she would in fact run for president, but Warren still denied this, adding once again, "I pledge to serve out my term.
“I am not running for president,” she continued. “I am working as hard as I can to be the best possible senator that I can be and to fight for the things that I promised during my campaign to fight for. I’m fighting for bank accountability. I’m fighting hard to help rebuild America’s middle class and I’m glad to see any possible energy put behind those fights.”
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As the Washington Post notes, Warren’s statement certainly sounds definitive, but it could be far from ironclad in the long run. Barack Obama, for instance, famously declared that he planned to finish out his Senate term as well, and then ran for president four years into it in 2008.
On Election Day 2016, Clinton will be 69 and Warren will be 67.