Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave her strongest statement to date about her plans for a 2016 presidential run, insisting she is not running and has never entertained the possibility.
In an interview on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, Warren
was asked three times whether she would launch a bid, and each time issued a strong denial, despite a movement by progressives to draft her into the race.
"I'm not running and I'm not going to run," she said. "I'm in Washington. I've got this really great job and a chance to make a difference on things that really matter."
In the past, Warren appeared to leave the door open to a bid, giving hope to those on the left that she might mount a challenge to the presumed candidacy of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie pressed Warren about whether she was "unequivocally and categorically" ruling out a run. "I'm not running," Warren insisted.
"Did you ever even consider, entertain the possibility of running for president?" Gutherie asked.
Warren responded, "No."
Liberal groups, including MoveOn.org and Democracy for America, along with the super PAC Ready for Warren, have been trying to convince Warren that she has the backing to pursue a run, with supporters emphasizing that her populist message would resonate with middle class voters.
In the interview, Warren listed a number of issues that she was intent on tackling while in the Senate, repeatedly highlighting the reduction of interest rates on student loans and a hike in the minimum wage.
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