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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) addresses the audience at the morning plenary session at the Netroots Nation conference for political progressives in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. August 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry)

‘Heart and soul’

Elizabeth Warren lashes out at centrist Democrats, prompting 2020 White House speculation

By WITW Staff on August 14, 2017

On Saturday, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts delivered a speech at a grassroots conference in which she loudly criticized “moderate” politicians in the Democratic Party, furthering speculation that she will run for president in 2020. “The Democratic Party isn’t going back to the days of welfare reform and the crime bill,” she said, in what seemed an implicit attack on Clinton-era policies that were not very popular with the left wing of the party. “It is not going to happen.” Addressing about 1,000 activists at the “Netroots Nation” meeting, Warren described them as “the heart and soul of today’s Democratic Party” and rallied against Wall Street, as well as a more broadly “rigged system” that is deeply unequal for women, African-Americans, undocumented immigrants and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. When she told the friendly crowd that she “would persist” — a clear call-back to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell’s rebuke for not following Senate rules— some started chanting “Warren 2020,” breathing more life into the possibility that the senator will rung for president in 2020 and do so on a left-of-center platform.

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