Three leading liberal advocates are urging Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to challenge former first lady Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, Politico
Although Warren repeatedly has said she will not run in 2016, she is under increasing pressure from progressives to take on the former secretary of state, with supporters claiming that a spirited primary contest would galvanize the party's voters.
Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, and Annie Leonard, executive director of the environmental group Greenpeace USA, have shown their support for the populist senator in a letter published by Run Warren Run, a campaign organized by two liberal organizations.
"We agree with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, the Boston Globe, and many others that Sen. Elizabeth Warren would be a strong candidate, and that if Hillary Clinton also declares, the debate between the two of them would be critical for our nation," wrote Cohen and Leonard.
They claim that the "country needs new ideas and new leaders," while calling for a dynamic Democratic debate over such issues as voting rights, worldwide trade, global warming and workers' rights, according to Politico.
"If we end up with a single Democratic candidate, and little to no debate in the primaries, those of us unlikely to support a Republican nominee will be left voting for a Democrat who may be opposed to the Republican agenda but is not necessarily a champion of the vision of change that millions of us seek and that this country needs," wrote Cohen and Leonard.
Cohen, a Democratic National Committee member, endorsed then Sen. Barack Obama over Clinton in 2008, according to the political news website.
Run Warren Run, a joint operation formed by MoveOn and Democracy for America, is also planning to publish an op-ed backing Warren by Javier Valdes, the secretary of the Working Families Party in New York and a leader of a progressive political committee focused on Hispanics.
With Warren remaining on the sidelines for now, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley
has indicated that he's ready to throw his hat into the Democratic ring in 2016. In preparation for a run, he has recently taken veiled swipes at Clinton, the presumed front-runner in the White House race.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, has also shown an interest in challenging Clinton from the left, but he may have to run as a Democrat, Politico said.
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