In the bio of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in Time Magazine’s 2015 100 Most Influential People, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote that the senator is “a special kind of leader” who holds powerful people accountable.
Warren is the favorite of the liberal wing of the Democratic party. Supporters have strongly urged her to run for president as a force to move Clinton further to the left, who polls far ahead of other possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidates.
“It was always going to take a special kind of leader to pick up Ted Kennedy’s mantle as senior Senator from Massachusetts—champion of working families and scourge of special interests,” Clinton wrote in the piece. “Elizabeth Warren never lets us forget that the work of taming Wall Street’s irresponsible risk taking and reforming our financial system is far from finished. And she never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants.”
Liberal outside groups like MoveOn.org and Democracy for America have poured money into a Draft Warren movement to get her to take on Clinton in the primary.
“Elizabeth Warren’s journey from janitor’s daughter to Harvard professor to public watchdog to U.S. Senator has been driven by an unflagging determination to level the playing field for hardworking American families like the one she grew up with in Oklahoma,” Clinton continued. “She fights so hard for others to share in the American Dream because she lived it herself.”
Warren has repeatedly said she’s not running for president. Still, supporters view Warren as the best possible alternative to Clinton.
“Americans across the country — including Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo — have taken to their smartphones and webcams to explain to Elizabeth Warren why we need her to get in the race,” Harry Waisbren, a member of the Ready for Warren team wrote in an email to supporters on Thursday.