Elizabeth Warren Fills Democratic Void in Red States

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Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 07:14 AM

By Elliot Jager

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With President Barack Obama seen as a divisive figure and Hillary Clinton keeping her powder dry, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been campaigning in heavily Republican states on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates, The Atlantic reported.

Warren is filling a vacuum by hitting the campaign trail in what supporters hope will be a forerunner to her own presidential run.

Her recent red state appearances have included stops in West Virginia for Natalie Tennant and in Kentucky for Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Warren's populist message is aimed at working-class voters across the spectrum who are fed up with Wall Street and fuming at Washington. In the process, she is also raising her own profile.

"One thing that has become clear is that the caricature of her as somehow or other too far left is entirely wrong," Democratic strategist Bob Shrum told The Atlantic. Candidates she's campaigning for are "smart enough to know what's going to help them and what's going to hurt them."

She is drawing large and enthusiastic crowds at her appearances and hearing calls to enter the 2016 presidential race. Warren is fine-tuning her message aiming to show that she has broad national appeal and not just among Democrats, according to The Atlantic.

The senator has lately been less emphatic about not making a White House run, according to CNN.

Some of her backers have launched a Ready for Warren website, Politico reported.

The move comes as progressives are gathering in Detroit for the annual Netroots Nation conference.

The site which features an online petition urging Warren to run says: "We aren't wealthy or well-connected. We don't have any lobbyists." It proclaims the Massachusetts senator to be "the backbone that the Democratic Party too often forgets it needs."

Lacey Rose, spokeswoman for Warren, told Politico in an email the senator "does not support this effort."

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