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Surprise! Looks Like Elizabeth Warren Is Running for President!

She's the highest-profile candidate to jump in.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) announced today that she's forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential run.

In a video emailed to supporters and posted to YouTube, Warren describes herself as an average American who came from a working-class family that often struggled to make ends meet. "America's middle class is under attack," she says. "How did we get here? Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie. And they enlisted politicians to cut them a bigger slice."

The announcement itself is in no way surprising—though as The Washington Post notes, the timing (on New Year's Eve) is somewhat curious. But it does make a certain amount of sense. There are many major potential Democratic candidates for 2020, but so far only Rep. John Delaney (D–Md.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro have said they'll likely run. Warren could now have an early advantage over other possible high-profile contenders, including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) and Cory Booker (D–N.J.), former Vice President Joe Biden, and outgoing Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D–Texas).

Warren still isn't officially running for president. The formation of an exploratory committee simply means that she's testing the waters for a potential run. But exploratory committees usually lead to an official announcement later on. Barring a big scandal, it's hard to imagine a scenario where the Massachusetts Democrat decides not to run.

As president, Warren would likely champion a variety of progressive causes. You can read more about her policy views here.

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  • Joe M||

    Vomit.

  • Robert||

    Hey, that's Barfman's beat!

  • Rockabilly||

    Fakahontus 2020 !!!!

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    I wonder if the DNC is behind her, or if they have another nitwit in mind? If she isn't the insiders' choice, the primaries could get funny, with the Media repeating all the Fauxcahontas jokes the Right has been telling for years, and Warren melting down when she realizes the Media only covers for Leftists who aren't in the way of more important Leftists.

  • Teddy Pump||

    Crazy Uncle Joe will get the nod & picke her for VP!!!...In other words, Same Old, Same Old!

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    The middle class is under attack; how did we get here?

    For one, Warren is not "middle class." Not financially, no educationally, and in terms of power and influence. Her claim that she is "one of you" is nothing short of cynical pandering.

    So how did we "get here" whatever that is? Does this include record unemployment, that she phrases as just more people working for the rich "man" in the unfair capitalist system? Does she have a better idea? I am expecting the rich people and corporations who own the businesses that employ so many will be brought into line with a more equitable distribution of the wealth so we are all more equal. Then hopefully no one will notice how poor you are, or will become.

    And if she is truly in favor of us middle class rubes then why is she so in favor of opening the borders to any number of immigrants? Will the "diversity" add so much unqualified [never mind quantified] "value" that it will some how through the magic of synergy make everything better? Or is this to guarantee a strong voting block for Democrats to keep their hold on the reigns of power for "another hundred years?" Practically speaking, what are their reasons?

  • Tony||

    Not everyone can be salt-of-the-earth like Donald Trump.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Trump doesn't need to be a Middle Class American.

    Trump has checked off most of his campaign promises and continues to rollback government to help all Americans.

  • Tony||

    If you sound exactly like a Putin propagandist, what difference does it make whether you actually are or not?

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    So......Tony has no real response. As usual.

    Maybe if you weren't so dumb, and so obsessed with fuckng young boys. You might have something relevant to contribute.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Poor Tony. He started the last day of 2018 with a sigh that Fauxahontas was running.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    Just answer the question asshole.

  • Tony||

    Pose a question that's not based in a dipshit lie like "she wants totally open borders."

  • loveconstitution1789||

    We all know that Warren wants us all in chains and to take our Wampum.

  • Earth Skeptic||

    So "red man's (woman's) revenge"?

  • Trollificus||

    Good luck gettin' MY scalp!!

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    But still heap wampum for Party members good standing and friends of Party members in good standing!

  • Still Curmudgeoned (Nunya)||

    She wants totally open borders. Sure, she says a couple of things to lighten intent, but you are willfully blind if you think otherwise.

  • Rich||

    "America's middle class is under attack," she says. "How did we get here? Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie. And they enlisted politicians to cut them a bigger slice."

    "I, on the other hand, will continue to attack the middle class much more directly."

  • Earth Skeptic||

    Yup. If we define middle class as anyone who (1) has to work for a living (i.e. no massive portfolio or sugar daddy who would provide a comfy income and secure future if they stopped working) and (2) pays more to the government than they get back, then what Warren and her crones have in store will make the Bolsheviks look like girl scouts.

  • Trollificus||

    Your insertion of "crones" instead of "cronies" falls under the label "fortuitous error".

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    We got here by government eating nearly three quarters of the pie.

  • JesseAz||

    Warren has teamed with big banks and big corporations to push new regulations that protect large corporations. The problem is Democrats are borderline retarded and cant recognize this.

  • Still Curmudgeoned (Nunya)||

    Dude. They're brilliant. The push the same cronyism and then turn around and convince everyone only one side of the aisle is corrupted. I'm jealous.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    This may or may not be yet more Fake News, because now there is a report that has her saying she is NOT running.

    However, Paleface Lieawatha speak with forked tongue, so there is still plenty of time for her to change her mind again a few more times.

  • JesseAz||

    She officially launched an exploratory committee.

  • CE||

    Her launch committee, raise heap big money.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Warren makes Obama look like a capitalist dream come true.

    Warren even makes Trump look good by way of comparison.

    Here's my quick analysis:

    Trump is awful on free trade and immigration.

    Trump is okay on the drug war and gun rights.

    Trump is excellent on deregulation and a pragmatic foreign policy.

    Warren is awful on free trade, gun rights, deregulation, and pragmatism in foreign policy.

    Warren is okay on immigration.

    Warren is excellent on the drug war.

    Warren is better than Trump on immigration and the drug war.

    Trump is far better than Warren on deregulation and gun rights, and Trump is better than Warren on pragmatism in foreign policy.

    They're a wash on free trade.

    P.S. File environmentalism under "deregulation".

  • Bubba Jones||

    Judges?

  • Ken Shultz||

    Good point!

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    Yes, judges. The burgeoning elephant on the cloud of silver linings in the room.

    And it sure sounds like G-berg has metastatic cancer [not that I would wish such a thing on my worst enemy, but it is what it is]; if she is going to have to vacate her seat, and if I were on my death bed I would strive to stay alive like Ginsberg just to watch the shit show that will ensue with that confirmation. I think it will trump the caning Brooks gave Sumner in 1860.

  • chipper me timbers||

    "Warren is excellent on the drug war."

    Are you sure of this?

  • Robert||

    How does one judge a politician's stance(s) on drugs at the national level in the USA now? There seem to be only certain items on the table or in flux:

    opioid analgesic controls
    cannabis & its products
    vaping (of anything)
    items of new concern (kratom, for example)
    reimportation
    vaccine policies

  • Robert||

    So where's Warren relative to Trump on these? Can you think of any other angles to judge by? I really don't know, but would like to.

  • sarcasmic||

    From a different article on the subject

    "I am a capitalist," she told CNBC's John Harwood in July. "I believe in markets. What I don't believe in is theft."

    Yeah. Because profits are theft, while taxes are just paying your fair share.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    "Because profits are theft, while taxes are just paying your fair share."

    ^ Well said; bumper sticker worthy

  • SimonP||

    No, "theft" is what happens when you evict people from their homes without contractual basis or "sell" them insurance without their knowledge or assent. "Theft" is what happens when you hide the true cost of their last-minute credit, knowing full well they'll be coming back to refinance their debt in a couple of weeks. "Theft" is what happens when all of your customers are locked into binding arbitration agreements that preclude pursuing claims as a class. "Theft" is what happens when you start flexing your monopolistic pricing power to extract pure rent from the American economy.

  • Sevo||

    SimonP|1.1.19 @ 4:11PM|#
    "No, "theft" is what happens when you evict people from their homes without contractual basis"
    WIH does that mean?

    "or "sell" them insurance without their knowledge or assent."
    Are you posting about O-care?

    ""Theft" is what happens when you hide the true cost of their last-minute credit, knowing full well they'll be coming back to refinance their debt in a couple of weeks."
    Bullshit

    ""Theft" is what happens when all of your customers are locked into binding arbitration agreements that preclude pursuing claims as a class."
    Buy somewhere else, you fucking ignoramus.

    ""Theft" is what happens when you start flexing your monopolistic pricing power to extract pure rent from the American economy."
    Lefty lies from top to bottom, you slimy pile of lefty shit.

  • CE||

    Yet somehow they signed off on those agreements that were so unfair to them?

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    Warren is a fantastic candidate with plenty to offer us Koch / Reason libertarians.

  • Peter Duncan||

    Hey, did you forget to take your meds this morning or did you get an early start celebrating the new year?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    You need to hang out more to understand the wonder that is OBL.

  • Earth Skeptic||

    Minimal effort. C-

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    Yeah, not on his usual game today. The best are such that they appear totally legit, all the while pillorying the fuktards.

  • CE||

    #LibertarianRabbitsforaStrongWarren?

  • Moderation4ever||

    Good for her. I don't know if I will support and vote for her, but I think she will bring issues to the table that need discussion. I see her in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt or Robert La Follette (both Republicans) who challenged big entrenched businesses. Like Ms Warren I don't think being a capitalist means letting the big guys run all over everyone else.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    OBLT sock are you?

  • Trollificus||

    Hmmm...do you think she'll go after Big Tech for doing the Deep States' dirty work deplatforming anti-authoritarians, anti-feminists, and anti-MSM types by redefining "hate speech"?? Or assist them?

    She'll present as being for "responsible but humane protocols" at the border...but succumb to the winning optics of "joyous asylum seekers rushing into what they view as a land of opportunity" (in their many thousands).

    And I don't know if we want the economy in the hands of someone so innumerate she thinks 0.0947% is more than 3% because look, it's bigger!

  • CE||

    Of course not, Big Software is in the blue states.

  • Sevo||

    "Like Ms Warren I don't think being a capitalist means letting the big guys run all over everyone else."

    So you're a slimy little scumbag unwilling to take responsibility for your actions?
    Fuck off, slaver.

  • Dadlobby||

    I would but my Russian girlfriend Olga (who I support financially until I get her here and we enter marital bliss) got a line on an African business magnate who has $5 mill stuck in the country and for $5000 up front we can split the money 50-50! Might I suggest also you use the big money you made "working at the internet" to buy a book on spelling and grammar?

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    Do you suppose anyone actually reads replies to the bots? I am hoping they do, as that could provide endless opportunities to amuse ourselves.

  • Trollificus||

    I used to ALWAYS reply to bots, including falling head-over-heels in love with those pornbots that used to be everywhere. "No guys! She's real! And she loves me! You're all just jealous!"

    I also used to write "Nigerian Prince Scam" letters for fun. The one from "The Pope's Widow" was probably the best.

  • A Lady of Reason||

    Liawatha needs to get off the war path!!!
    https://aladyofreason.wordpress.com/

  • Dadlobby||

    Barring a scandal? Like claiming you're a minority American Indian to gain financial advantage in college and career, and then doubling down with a ridiculous I found DNA (1/1024) to prove it? And let's talk about this anti-Capitalist, anti-libertarian socialists policies for others but not her for while she claims to be "middle class" she is a rich Senator like over 50% of them are. She's a gynocentric snowflake twatwaffle.

  • Earth Skeptic||

    Thanks for ruining waffles.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    twatwaffle? That's a new one for me.

    But I like it.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Who doesn't like twatwaffles? Other than Tony, obviously.

  • Still Curmudgeoned (Nunya)||

    What if they are blue twatwaffles?

  • CE||

    barring a new scandal

  • Trainer||

    Those are the most emotional graphs I have ever seen!

  • Tony||

    I'm telling you idiots this as a favor. You're gonna have to do better than the Indian thing.

    I'm not saying she has to merely be less scandalous than Trump. Obviously that was not the deciding factor in 2016. But it's just really weak sauce. Harping on it is to admit you got nothin else.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Hahaha.

    This will be an even bigger win for Trump than against Hillary- 306 to 232.

  • Tony||

    I'll bet real money she runs against Pence. And how many people like Pence?

  • Trigger Warning||

    Who?

  • Tony||

    He's a bit of beige fabric on an Oval Office chair.

  • Earth Skeptic||

    Do you mean Biden?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Biden is the dust in the corner of the Oval Office.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    vs how many hate Warren and what she stands for? Pence can be the biggest dick in the world and still beat her [as happened in 2016, lest you've forgotten].

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Hillary is going to run again in 2024 against Pence after Trump finishes his two terms as President?

  • CE||

    no, it'll be Cortez vs. Paul, and we know what voters want -- free stuff....

  • Brian||

    Eh it's funny how the progressive privileged class desperately clings to whatever victim hood stance they can get away with. But yes, we know you'll do your part by not noticing.

    I would point out her economic illiteracy coupled with a H of R that could spell an absolute disaster.

    No good? How about "CuntaSanders Rex"?

  • bevis the lumberjack||

    The "Indian thing" demonstrates that she is a person of zero integrity. I thought we didn't want people like that in the White House. Or does that rule only apply to the Other Team? These rules are really hard to keep up with.

  • Tony||

    Even if it was a terrible misdeed, that one misdeed means she has zero integrity? How much integrity do you have?

  • Brian||

    As much as a drunken Indian.

  • bevis the lumberjack||

    She's had lots of opportunities to admit that she screwed up and apologize for it. Instead she's doubled down on it multiple times. That changes it from "one misdeed" to "personality trait".

  • damikesc||

    "Sen Warren, you claimed to be Native American until immediately after you got tenure at Harvard. Why?"

    Feel free to provide an answer to that question that won't be an absolute dumpster fire.

  • Tony||

    "At least there's more than one bank in the world that will loan me money."

  • Freddy the Jerk||

    Two words for you, you little hypocrite: "Roy" and "Moore".

  • Tony||

    So reporting more or less accurately about your genetic heritage for no tangible benefit is the same as molesting underage girls.

    Thank god we have you people as the moral arbiters. A is A!

  • Freddy the Jerk||

    A) She wasn't molested, by anyone's account. B) She was not underage by local standards. C) You said "even if it was a terrible misdeed, that one misdeed means she has zero integrity?", so you *specifically* indicated you were open to redemption for past misdeeds, even terrible ones, except apparently in cases where there's an "R" after the name. D) You're not only a hypocrite, you're a drooling hypocrite who should *never* try arguing ethics here, because you're just too stupid for it.

  • Freddy the Jerk||

    By the way, there's no surprise you're attempting to defend Warren. She's just a butchier, successful version of you: Hypocritical, finger-wagging moral scold with zero introspection and a penchant for bossing people around.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    She won't play well outside of places like Boston. She is a hardcore rent seeking socialist. Her plan to force larger companies to take on a government controlled political officer or else be denied the right to transact business is something straight out of the Soviet Union or Red China.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Some AmerIndians still dont use $20 bill because Andrew Jackson is on them.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    Well they will soon be Tubmans, you know.

    As in "i'll pay you 5 Tubmans for that High Point gat you got."

  • Trollificus||

    She also changed her ethnicity mutltiple times, in multiple places, not to "mixed" but to fucking "AMERICAN INDIAN". Period.

    I saw HuffPo and CNN slid her by with "There's no evidence she ever benefited from the claims"...which is either a lie, or speaks to a high level of incompetence, in an institution desperate to raise demonstrable level of 'diversity and inclusion'.

    Yeah, it's seriously sleazy, DOES speak to her character, and will not be handwaved. Forinstance, my daughter took a DNA test recently and she shows 4 times the % Native American Warrens' test shows, and she wouldn't DREAM of trying to use that to gain some ethnic advantage. So I don't see how hammering on her stupid claim is much worse than the inarticulate sputtering and primal screams that constitute most ground-level criticism of Trump.

    As for the rest, her policies are a combination of stupid pandering, bumper sticker economics and applause lines.

  • Freddy the Jerk||

    How 'bout that she's a finger-wagging moral scold, a hypocrite, and a wanna-be jackbooted thug.

    In addition to being a race-card playing liar.

  • Trollificus||

    +1, concise

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Hahahaha...Elizabeth Warren...Hahaha

    Trump definitely is getting reelected 2020.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) announced today that she's forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential run.

    ENB got the smoke signals before I did?

  • Trigger Warning||

    The Hag is going to try again, isn't she?

  • Brian||

    Warren vs. Clinton. Cat fight of cat fights.

    I'm betting that Clinton claws Warren's eyes out, allowing democrats to narrowly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in 2020.

  • Mcgoo95||

    I would almost pay money to watch that. I don't believe Warren has a chance of beating Trump unless he fails catastrophically before 2020. However, throw Oprah into the fray and things will get very interesting.....

  • Trollificus||

    "We're disappointed that we've individuals who still believe that juvenile sex cures certain ailments. "

    Wow. Well, there's Western Medicine, and then there's aboriginal ways of knowing, that must also be respected. They're both just socially constructed paradigms, amirite, Thomas Kuhn?

  • Deconstructed Potato||

  • Mcgoo95||

    Awesome

  • Mcgoo95||

    Warren cameo at 2:42

  • Brian||

    2020 is going to be a funny year for deepfakes technology. Just sayin'.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Cherokee warrior princess have much wampum, build war party to unseat Chief Orange Bull.

  • damikesc||

    Dem strategist: Well, at least we cannot find a less likeable woman than Hillary.

    Warren: Hold my beer.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Harris: Racist. I can be less likeable than Hillary, too.

  • n00bdragon||

    Jesus Christ, America! It's not even 2019 yet. Need I remind you that Donald Trump assumed office LAST YEAR. Can we just put a hold on the electioneering a little bit longer?

  • flyfishnevada||

    Seeking power never takes a vacation. They go on vacation only after they've taken office and you're paying for it.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Even when they take office, there are always more government spots to take or create.

  • flyfishnevada||

    Damn billionaires always stealing all the money! And here I was thinking it was the government...

  • kfs||

    Lizzy Warren took an axe and gave Don Trump 40 whacks, when she seen what she had done she built a teepee just for fun!

  • Jury Nullification||

    Fauxcha in the kitchen but no freshly baked cookies. WTF. That is some half-asssed photo op. This lying POS is hiding the brown-skinned hired help as well. Too embarrassed to pull one of the help out of her kitchen's shadow and put her arm around her to share the lime-light?

    Yeah, like she ever sets foot in her own kitchen.

  • kfs||

    How about this one? What if she got elected president and then the Redskins win the Super bowl, would she invite them to the Whitehouse ? I have my reservations, DOH!

  • chipper me timbers||

    Say hello to President Trump in 2020. Jesus if she gets the nomination it's not even going to be close.

  • middlefinger||

    Enjoyed Warren's WSJ op/ed on free markets and drowning the lobbyist/D.C. revolving door in the bathtub. The Crony Dems will take her down immediately. A non-issue for Crony Rs.

  • John C. Randolph||

    Does she have what it takes to be the next Walter Mondale?

    -jcr

  • CE||

    Mondale was popular in Minnesota.

  • Uncle Jay||

    Warren should be president.
    After all, she's part Native-American, you know.
    Oh, wait....

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    God damn, that YouTube screencap--talk about staring into the face of evil.

  • Liberty Lover||

    Why bother with running and a Democratic primary? As we learned last year, the DNC just picks who they want anyway. Voters don't get to pick.

  • CE||

    But the Dem voters would have picked Bernie, who had no chance. The superdelegates went with the proven winner.

  • SimonP||

    Reason commenters demonstrating wonderfully what the Russian propaganda machine will be putting out during any Warren campaign.

    Just a bunch of racist Native American jokes. Jesus, guys, find some new material at least.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    "GAWD GUYS STOP WITH THE FAUXCAHONTAS JOKES"

    ::parrots DUH RUSSIANZ media narrative::

  • Sevo||

    "Jesus, guys, find some new material at least."

    Jesus, slaver, fuck off.

  • ClaLib ConFus NozMin||

    Not really a surprise. Warren is so far left, she makes Hillary look centre-right. If she somehow manages to secure the Democratic nomination, then Trump is a shoo-in.

    The surprise is that Trump is Democrat-lite.

  • Widhalm19||

    Warren is a communist and a shrill, militant feminist harpy. If the Democrats choose her, Trump wins in 2020.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    I thought she was just a shallow, vote-hungry pantsuit who will happily say whatever she thinks will play well with her fanbase. No substance. Not the ruthless killer that Her was.

  • Benjamin Styles||

    This is my far-sighted prediction as of right now: the Democrats are going to field multiple candidates and divide their vote. The Right and many Libertarians will probably vote for Trump in the Presidential race and thus he'll win. This is all regardless of the spoken policies.

  • gordo53||

    The DNC is looking for a youngish moderate for 2020. Liz doesn't make it on either qualification. Even if her campaign gains some momentum, party leadership will make sure she goes nowhere.

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