Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has been asked perhaps hundreds of times whether she’s running for president, but Stephen Colbert found a new angle on an old question.
“Are you sure you’re not running for president?” Colbert asked. “Have you checked the newspapers lately? Because you might have done it in your sleep. These days, politicians actually have to check the opt-out button — it’s like unsubscribing from an email.”
The Democratic senator assured the “Late Show” host she had not accidentally launched a White House bid, and Colbert asked her to tell voters why she would make a “terrible” presidential candidate.
“I’m out there every single day in the middle of a huge fight, and it’s a fight about what this county is going to look like going forward,” Warren said. “The game is rigged.”
Colbert pressed her for details about the game.
“I’m talking about our country and how it’s run,” Warren said. “Here we are, the richest country on earth — we have so much going for us, and yet we have a federal government that works great for millionaires, it works great for billionaires, it works great for giant corporations. It works great for anybody who can hire an army of lobbyists, an army of lawyers, give lots of campaign money. For the rest of America, it’s just not working — and it’s time for us to take that government back and make it work for us.”
Her remarks drew an enthusiastic response from the studio audience.
“Well, you don’t sound like you’re running for president, I’ll tell you that,” Colbert joked.
Watch the interview posted online by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: