Warren on Potential 2016 White House Run: ‘No.’

Everybody wants Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to run for president. Liberals want her. Republicans think she should run. Old car-lovers appreciate her fire. But what does she want to do with her 2016?

She sat down with former FDIC chair Sheila Bair for an interview with Fortune Magazine, and in the middle of questions about Dodd-Frank, the tax code, and the student loan crisis, got asked The Big Question:

So are you going to run for President?


That’s it.

Now, the political forecaster in us could see multiple ways to wiggle out of this seemingly-definitive statement: Warren’s subtext could be “I have no plan at this time to run,” or “I will not run now, but that could change in the future, if certain circumstances favor my candidacy,” or even “No, I will not go physically jogging in a footrace for the presidency if such a ludicrous event were to replace our election system.” A lot of meaning, there, packed into that one “No.”

She also makes plenty of surprising statements about her support of Fortune 500 companies and hints that she would be an ally to smaller financial institutions — hedge funds, investment banks, etc. — that lacked the deposit insurance backing held by too-big-to-fail institutions. But who cares about that; it’s about 2016, all the time, always.

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