A campaign to convince liberal icon Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016 will be suspended next week, organizers announced on Tuesday.
The Massachusetts senator has repeatedly said she is not running for president , to the dismay of liberal groups like MoveOn.org and Democracry for America, which backed the Run Warren Run campaign. Her populist message and tussles with Wall Street appealed to many of those disenchanted with the Democratic party and with Hillary Clinton, the party’s leading candidate for president.
But Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, and Charles Chamberlain, political director at Democracy for America, conceded defeat on Tuesday in a Politco editorial : “There’s no sugar-coating it: We didn’t achieve our central goal.”
Run Warren Run will formally suspend operations on 8 June, but said it could “regroup at a moment’s notice”.
In an effort to convince Warren to enter the presidential race, the group created three field offices, hired nine full-time organizers and had volunteers working across New Hampshire and Iowa.
Its organizers boasted that their six-month-old effort successfully created a large ground operation in Iowa and New Hampshire, amplified Warren’s voice and showed the Democratic party that Warren’s beliefs resonated with many Americans.
“To be sure, Warren – and grassroots economic populism more broadly – was already a rising force well before our efforts began … Although Run Warren Run may not have sparked a candidacy, it ignited a movement,” they wrote.
Amid this campaign, political analysts suggested that Warren has more power as a senator than she would as president.
“Being president, or even just running for president, would dilute what the left loves best about Warren and also, perhaps, what the nation needs most from her,” Politico’s Jill Lawrence wrote in January . “Being speculated about as a candidate for president, on the other hand, sometimes can be useful.”