Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) dodged a question Tuesday during an interview on NBC’s “Today Show” about whether she will run for president in 2020.
Warren, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, is often floated as a potential challenger to the president in 2020.
Co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer asked Warren, who is promoting her new book, “This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class,” if she plans to launch a bid for the White House.
“Now, it’s tradition to be coy about that in Washington, but where’s your mind about that right now, are you 50/50, 80/20?” Guthrie asked. “Where do you stand? Are you likely to run?”
“No, this is not what I’m doing,” Warren said. “This is my 11th book. My life’s work is about what is happening to working families across this country.”
“OK, but did you say no, not likely to run?” Guthrie pressed.
“I am running in 2018 for senator from Massachusetts,” Warren said. “I am deeply blessed that the people of the commonwealth sent me to Washington to fight for them, and that’s what I’ll keep on doing.”
Lauer interjected that “a lot of people have bumper stickers for 2020 that say, ‘She was warned, she was given an explanation, nevertheless she persisted.’ “
The quote is a reference to remarks made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) when he said Warren was in violation of Senate rules against impugning the character of another senator when she sharply criticized then-Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions during debate over Sessions’ nomination to serve as attorney general. The line became a rallying cry for Warren’s supporters.
Warren did not respond, raising her eyebrows at the co-hosts.
“OK, you’re not biting, I get it,” Lauer said.
“Let the transcript reflect silence,” Guthrie said.
(H/T: The Washington Free Beacon)