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Elizabeth Warren takes the Obama pledge

You’ve probably some buzz around the idea that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) might run for president in 2016 as the sort of “real liberal” challenger to any attempt by Hillary Clinton to triangulate her way to the Oval Office.

As far as I can tell, Warren has done nothing to encourage this and has several times rejected the rumor. But apparently not hard enough or clearly enough to debuzz the rumor so yesterday, as the Boston Globe details, Warren made her strongest statement yet of non-candidacy:

“I am not running for president,” Warren said and, to cut down the wiggle room even further: “I pledge to serve out my term,” which ends at the beginning of 2019.

Ha. Definitive. So shut up, right?

But National Journal couldn’t help digging up this statement for comparison:

“I will serve out my full six-year term.” — Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, Jan. 22, 2006, on “Meet the Press.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 12/05/2013 - 09:51 am.

    If she won

    would that make her the first Native American president?

  2. Submitted by Peder DeFor on 12/05/2013 - 10:01 am.

    Term Pledges

    I remember a lot of folks that wanted to ding Pawlenty about his pledge when his name was floated as a VP pick. Somehow I didn’t hear about the same pledge from Obama. Go figure.
    IMHO, this type of thing is a very small sin from politicians. Of course they want advancement. I don’t know of any Senator that doesn’t think she/he would make a grand President and I’m sure that Warren isn’t an exception. She wants to keep that option open, but she doesn’t want to seem too eager.
    The only solution would be for the media to take some kind of pledge to drop all kinds of will she/won’t she coverage until we’re much closer to the actual election. That won’t happen.

  3. Submitted by John Reinan on 12/05/2013 - 01:14 pm.

    Politicians should have to resign current office

    It’s in nobody’s interest but the politician’s to run for one office while holding another. While they’re grasping for the next rung, they’re not giving full attention to the office they currently hold.

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