A group of more than 90 artists, musicians and actors are pleading with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016, including actors Ed Norton, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore.
The "Artists for Warren"
signed an open letter to Massachusetts Democrat saying that they are "joining hundreds of thousands of Americans who want to passionately urge you to run for president."
The group, which also includes actresses Olivia Wilde, Julia Stiles and director Joss Whedon, says that "we need someone who stands up for the people — America's students, mothers, retirees, teachers, minimum-wage workers — instead of for the big banks and corporations."
While the letter doesn't mention the name of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her pending nomination is implied throughout.
Some Democrats in the more progressive wing of the party have said they are concerned that Clinton is too close to Wall Street
, and they see Warren as the Clinton alternative.
"There's too much at stake to have anything other than our best candidates taking part in the debate," the Artists for Warren write. "Everyone is better off with a contested primary."
Warren emphatically said in December that she is "not running for president," but that hasn't stopped the "draft" Warren movement
There is a nationwide movement of liberal activists
determined to convince the Massachusetts senator to run for president. Democracy for America and MoveOn.org, as well as Ready for Warren, which was organized by MoveOn.org, and others are all behind the movement.
"Senator Warren, we're ready to show you that you have the support to enter this presidential race," the artists group wrote.
"We're ready to fight with you, Senator Warren. Please, run for president," they added.
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