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Progressives Love Elizabeth Warren, But Waffle on 2016 Timing

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By    |   Monday, 23 Feb 2015 10:10 AM

A push and pull exists between Elizabeth Warren and progressives urging her to run for the White House, The Huffington Post reports.

Even as they hope she jumps into the race against the powerhouse operation of Hillary Clinton, there is strain as to how to make that happen, the Post said.

Groups that supported her Senate bid have attempted to draft her and show her that they can put an infrastructure in place that would help her to fully kick off a campaign.

Among those competing for her interests are Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which helped fund her last Senate bid, and MoveOn and Democracy for America, two groups now leading the charge with a Run Warren Run operation, the Post reported.

With so much interest, it's hard to see where Warren herself fits into the plan. She continues to say that she isn't interested in becoming a candidate, even as many devoted progressives hope she steps up — if only to shake the trees against the shoo-in possibility of Clinton, the Post said.

"We think the stakes are so high that we want to push to get her in this race," said Democracy for America communications director T. Neil Sroka to the Post.

But some liberals in her home state of Massachusetts are encouraging her not to step in now, The Boston Globe reported.

They have suggested the timing is all wrong, and she needs more seasoning on a national stage before taking such a step, the Globe said.

"I'm absolutely opposed to her running for president, absolutely opposed," retired school teacher Susan Triolo told the Globe. "And all of the people I work with out here in western Massachusetts are absolutely opposed. She's not ready. She has no foreign policy experience, and she has no foreign policy philosophy."

Even if Warren is true to her word that, indeed, she isn't running, GOP analyst Karl Rove told the Post he thinks Warren could "give [Hillary] a scare."

"I think Elizabeth Warren's hard-left prescriptions on the economy sing to the heart of Democratic primary voters. So yeah, I think she could give her a run for her money," said Rove.

"I don't know at the end of the day if she could beat her. Clinton is going to have a lot of money. She does have an expert political adviser in her husband.

"And she's about ready to get a mastermind of her presidential campaign in the form of John Podesta, who's tough enough to keep the waring factions that always make up a Clinton campaign together," Rove said.

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