Several groups are calling for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016, but the Democrat continues to say no — including Tuesday, when she brushed aside a request from MoveOn.org.
The liberal group launched a project to gauge its followers' interest in Warren via an e-mail ballot. The organization's website ran this simple headline on its homepage: "Should Elizabeth Warren run?"
The e-mail, which the organization is calling a "presidential draft campaign," went out to the group's members Tuesday morning. Voting will continue until 10 a.m. ET Wednesday and the results will be announced at 11 a.m. ET.
"MoveOn's 8 million members are the volunteers, activists, and supporters who make up a key part of the Democratic base and, if they vote to move forward, we'll go all out to encourage Senator Warren to take her vision and track record of fighting tooth-and-nail for working people and the middle class to the White House," said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, in a release.
"There is too much at stake to have anything other than our best candidates in the debate. We are prepared to show Senator Warren she has the support she needs to enter — and win — the presidential race."
The release states that MoveOn would put together a grassroots campaign for Warren if the vote succeeds. Part of the plan would be to hire staff in key states with early caucuses and primaries like Iowa and New Hampshire.
"This is a huge opportunity for MoveOn members, if they choose, to inspire Senator Warren as she has inspired so many of us," said Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org Civic Action. "There is no more tireless, passionate advocate for progressive values. We're ready to show Senator Warren that we've got her back, and that by running for the Democratic nomination for president, she can change the course of history."
Warren, however, responded to the MoveOn campaign with a "no" vote, reports ABC News.
"As Senator Warren has said many times, she is not running for president," Warren’s press secretary Lacey Rose said in the ABC story.
A poll last week found
that Warren lags far behind Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical race for the Democrat nominee.
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