September 13, 2018

10 Signs Elizabeth Warren Is Going To Run For President

10 Signs Elizabeth Warren Is Going To Run For President

The 2020 Democratic presidential field will be crowded. And lately, it seems that Senator Elizabeth Warren is the Democrat most interested in positioning herself for the spotlight. While the rest of the field plans to coast by on “I Am Spartacus” moments, name ID, and heavily edited social media videos to win over the progressive left, Warren is taking a much more calculated approach to attempt to clear the 2020 Democratic presidential field.

This morning, CNN moved her to the top of their list of Democrats most likely to run. America Rising PAC is monitoring her 2020 efforts as part of our 2020 Initiative:

1) Embark On Exhaustive Self-Vet To Spin Potential Campaign Issues

  • January 2018: Politico reported that Warren “stocked her political staff with a research team directed to scour her past for potential vulnerabilities.” (Politico, 1/2/18)
  • February 2018: Warren delivered a speech to the National Congress of American Indians defending claims about her heritage and vowed to pay more attention to Native American issues. (The Boston Globe, 2/14/18)
  • September 2018: Warren attempts to get ahead of ethnicity issue in her hiring history by releasing personnel records to The Boston Globe. (The Boston Globe, 9/1/18)

2) Rehab Relationship With Reporters

  • October 2017: The Boston Globe reported on Warren’s attempts to warm relations with the press, which included several off-the-record dinners and meetings with DC reporters. (The Boston Globe, 10/22/17)
  • September 2018: Politico reported that Warren would begin taking questions from Hill reporters in the hallways of the Capitol, a practice she has long avoided. (Politico, 9/5/18)

3) Announce New Policy Initiatives

  • August 2018: Warren unveiled a bill to change the mission of large corporations, laying “the policy foundation for a potential presidential bid.” (The Washington Post, 8/16/18)

4) Pump Cash To Party Committees

  • March 2018: Warren headlined a DNC fundraiser and announced that she has donated $5K to each state Democratic Party in the country, along with a $15K check to the DNC. (Politico, 3/7/18)
  • May 2018: At the Center for American Progress’s Ideas Conference, Warren announced she would contribute $175K to Democratic groups trying to win back state legislatures and fight partisan gerrymandering. (Huffington Post, 5/15/18)

5) Lay The Groundwork In Primary States

  • July 2018: The New York Times reported that “Warren and her emissaries have been reaching out to key Democratic officeholders in Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina …” (The New York Times, 7/15/18)
  • August 2018: The Boston Globe reported that two Warren aides recently started jobs at the New Hampshire Democratic Party. (The Boston Globe, 8/13/18)

6) Court Hillary Donors

  • Summer 2017: Warren “joined a parade of would-be Democratic presidential contenders who have paid visits to the wealthy summer enclaves that serve as A.T.M.s for the party’s candidates.” (The New York Times, 9/2/17)

7) Pay Respects To Party Leaders

  • September 2017:Warren spoke with Joe Biden. (Politico, 1/2/18)
  • June 2018: Politico reported Warren has had two private meetings with Barack Obama since he left office. (Politico, 6/11/18)
  • June 2018: Warren spoke at the Nevada Democratic Convention and met privately with former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (The New York Times, 7/15/18)

8) Secure Seat On High Profile Senate Committee

  • December 2016:Warren secured a position on the Armed Services Committee. (CNN, 12/15/16)
  • July 2017: Warren made a four-day trip to Afghanistan with John McCain. The Boston Globe also reported that Warren has held a “series of meetings with senior figures in the Democratic foreign policy and defense establishment — including some who advised former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, former Department of Defense officials, and current military leaders.” (The Boston Globe, 7/5/17)

9) Write A Book And Go On National Book Tour

  • April 2017: Warren released a book titled This Fight Is Our Fight and went on a national book tour. (NBC News, 4/17/17)

10) Staff Up

  • March 2017: Warren hired Kristen Orthman, a former senior advisor to Harry Reid, who has urged Warren to run for president. (The Hill, 4/23/17)