Frenemies: Hillary Campaigns with Potential Rival after Warren Pries Door Open to POTUS Run

Frenemies: Hillary Campaigns with Potential Rival after Warren Pries Door Open to POTUS Run

Frenemies Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Hillary Clinton campaigned together for struggling Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley on Friday, just days after Warren potentially pried the door open a bit on a potential presidential run. 

Clinton, whom the liberal base distrusts because of her close ties to Wall Street and her husband’s finance advisers, praised Warren for being a “champion for working people.”

“I am so pleased to be here with your senior senator, the passionate champion for working people and middle class families, Elizabeth Warren,” Clinton said, according to The Hill. “I love watching Elizabeth, you know, give it to those who deserve to get it.” Warren only mentioned Clinton once, saying she was “happy to welcome Secretary Clinton back to the commonwealth.”

Their song choices were interesting, though. As MSNBC reported, Warren came out to “I Won’t Back Down” while Clinton was introduced to Kelly Clarkson’s “Strong” (“What Doesn’t Kill You…”).

Hillary Clinton comes out to “What Doesn’t Kill You (makes you stronger)” after Elizabeth Warren.

— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) October 24, 2014

Elizabeth Warren comes out to “I Won’t Back Down” at Martha Coakley event ahead of Hillary Clinton.

— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) October 24, 2014

In an interview with People magazine this week, Warren was less unequivocal when asked about a potential White House run: 

But is the freshman senator from Massachusetts herself on board with a run for the White House? Warren wrinkles her nose.

She just doesn’t see the door of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue being one of them. Not yet, anyway. “Right now,” Warren says, “I’m focused on figuring out what else I can do from this spot” in the U.S. Senate.

“A veteran Warren-watcher” at The Nation emphasized “with certainty this is more ambiguous than she’s ever been on the subject.” According to the left-wing outlet, Warren has been “much more unequivocal” in the past, saying, “I’m not running for president, and I plan to serve out my term,” and “I am not running for president. Do you want to put an exclamation point at the end of that?”

“It is certainly possible Warren just got sloppy during the umpteenth iteration of this question, and used looser language than normal while speaking with a non-political reporter,” the Nation wrote. “But it’s also true that she’s been increasingly explicit in her criticisms of the Democratic establishment and its relationship with big banks.” Warren caused a stir last week when she blasted President Barack Obama for his close ties to Wall Street in an interview with Salon’s Thomas Frank. 

Hillary leads Warren considerably in every poll. Warren does well with rich white men, while Hillary does better among minority and lower-income Democrats.


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