For months on end, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a darling of the Democratic party's progressive bloc, repeatedly stated that she is not running for the 2016 presidential race. That declaration did not dissuade her many fervent supporters, as they kept up a steady stream of campaigns aimed at persuading her to change her mind. But it seems that her biggest champions are finally conceding that they failed to do so: "Run Warren Run" is shutting down after six months of unending calls for the fresh-but-formidable lawmaker to join the 2016 race.
"Run Warren Run," a draft organization run by Democracy for America and MoveOn.org that cost $1.25 million to launch, consisted of the most vocal group advocating for an Elizabeth Warren 2016 campaign. The group managed to deliver a petition with 365,000 signatures to Warren's Capitol Hill office, but on Tuesday announced that it will be waving the white flag on June 8.
A progressive alternative to the establishment
What is it about Elizabeth Warren that fires up her supporters? For one, she is a vocal critic of income equality, speaking directly to working and middle class citizens. She has also dared to take on Wall Street and the recklessness by which it operates, which many politicians fail to do in the fear of losing out on Wall Street's deep pockets.
Many also saw Warren as a progressive alternative to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, able to challenge her for the nomination like no other potential candidate could.
Although "Run Warren Run" failed to achieve its goal of convincing the Massachusetts politician to enter the race, it said in a statement that since its launch, "Senator Warren's agenda and message have transformed the American political landscape."
The statement is not untrue. Noting Warren's formidability in inspiring voters, Clinton met with the senator privately, and in her presidential campaign has taken on issues that Warren has made a young political career of championing. That even some Republican candidates are gingerly tackling income inequality could perhaps speak to how Warren has managed to shape the 2016 race from the outside.
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