It is being widely reported that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said Sunday that she will not be a candidate for president in 2020.
But that is not what she said. Warren is both a lawyer and a politician, so you have to listen very carefully to how she phrases things.
“I am not running for president in 2020,” is what she said. Notice, that’s a present tense sentence. Of course, she is not running right now for president. That doesn’t rule out that she won’t eventually run for president, and her interviewer, CNN’s Jim Acosta, should have noticed this and nailed her down as to whether she WILL run for president.
You may remember Bill Clinton’s statement that there “is” no relationship with Monica Lewinsky. At that moment, there indeed was not, because he’d been caught. When men get caught with their mistresses, they either get divorced or there “is” no relationship anymore. Bill, of course, may have had a lamp or two thrown his way, but he did not get divorced.
Warren’s problem is that she is up for reelection this year. So she IS running for Senate. The kiss of death in a reelection campaign is to say you’re going to try for another post once you get reelected.
In fact, Warren has made moves suggesting she will run for president, including donating money to all 50 state Democratic parties.
She also says in the interview that her mother was “part Native American.” Instead of asking how much part Native American, Acosta tried to set her up to complain about President Trump. Referring to Trump calling her Pocahontas, Acosta asked, “Doesn’t that bother you?”
In fact, there is no proof Warren has any Native American blood in her at all. Warren earlier in her career listed herself as a minority but denies she did it to get jobs. She refused to take a DNA test might disprove her claim of Native American heritage.
There is, however, some evidence a cousin of hers edited a Native American cookbook called “Pow Wow Chow.”