Moveon.org may be ready for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to throw her hat in the 2016 presidential race — whether she likes it or not.
Members of the liberal advocacy group will cast votes Tuesday and Wednesday for a campaign to throw the organization’s full support behind Warren, who has been championed on the left as a fierce advocate for the middle and working class.
The organization is ready to invest at least $1 million in a campaign for Warren, with plans to open and staff offices in key caucus states including Iowa and New Hampshire, galvanize volunteers, and recruit small-dollar donors.
Moveon.org has rallied behind Warren since her 2012 race for Senate. At the time, the group recruited both volunteers and donors, who were encouraged by her stance on student loan debt and social security benefits.
“MoveOn’s 8 million members are the volunteers, activists, and supporters who make up a key part of the Democratic base,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action. “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.”
There’s just one catch: Sen. Warren says she has no plans to run in 2016.
“As Senator Warren has said many times, she is not running for president,” Warren’s press secretary Lacey Rose told the New York Times.
If Warren were to decide to run, she’d be likely to face off against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Democrats’ top choice for a presidential candidate.
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