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This is one in a series of semi-regular updates on our Run Warren Run effort and Senator Warren’s work to give all Americans a fighting chance.
NEW: RUN WARREN RUN STRATEGY MEMO. In the 120+ days since MoveOn.org and Democracy for America launched the Run Warren Run campaign, the effort has built tremendous momentum. We recap some of the work we’ve done, and where we’re headed, in a new Run Warren Run Strategy Update:
Senator Elizabeth Warren has said from the outset that she is not planning to run for the White House. Our robust draft effort is explicitly aimed at building movement support and early state infrastructure to carry the message that, in the words of The Boston Globe’s editorial board,”she ought to reconsider.”
As we enter the second quarter of 2015 — 10 months before the Iowa Caucuses and 120 days since the start of the Run Warren Runcampaign —the underlying conditions for an Elizabeth Warren presidential candidacy are more favorable than ever.
Senator Warren finds herself with a huge outpouring of grassroots energy and enthusiasm for her to run, a message about fixing a “rigged” system that’s defining the agenda for the entire potential field, the largest on-the-ground operation in early states of any potential candidate, a polling floor in second place in both Iowa (16%)and New Hampshire (22%), and a growing level of political and intellectual support for a candidacy.
WARREN ON HUFFPOST SHOW: Senator Warren recently sat down with the newly launched HuffPost Show to discuss a range of issues—from the paperback release of her memoir to reforms she’s pushing to our student loan system. In the interview, Run Warren Run supporter Mark Ruffalo made a cameo appearance with a special request of Warren.
“On behalf of the future generations would you please not say no to running [for president]? … And take your place, your rightful place, in the history of this great nation.”
POPULIST MESSAGES ON THE RISE: A new piece today from Katelyn Johnson, the executive director of Action Now in Chicago, and Jonathan Westin, executive director of New York Communities for Change, discusses how Americans are fed up with a system that rewards billionaires and Wall Street cronies and puts immense pressure on American families just trying to make ends meet. And there’s a resurgent populist wing of the Democratic Party—from Senator Warren to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to Chicago mayoral candidate Jesús ‘Chuy’ García.
“The populist wing of the Democratic Party is rising, from 42 senators joining Elizabeth Warren in voting to expand Social Security, to Bill de Blasio’s fight to raise wages for working people, to Chuy García’s strong challenge against Rahm Emanuel—which already has to be considered a success, regardless of the results of the runoff. Other Democrats around the country would do well to take heed.”
Read “Will the Democratic Party Listen to its Populist Wing?” here.
WARREN MAKES SOCIAL SECURITY ‘COOL’: Mother Jones’ Pema Levy notes that Senator Warren has helped push the Democratic Party into supporting expansion:
This wasn’t the first time Warren challenged the notion that Social Security has to be cut. But the support she received from her Democratic colleagues demonstrated how her party has moved on this issue in recent years. When she entered the Senate in January 2013, both Democrats and Republicans were talking about cutting the program. The Obama administration even included a benefits cut in its proposed 2013 budget. But last month was the first time nearly every Democrat went on record to support increasing benefits. “There’s been a shift,” says Nancy Altman, the cofounder of Social Security Works, a group pushing to expand benefits. “The Warren amendment really crystallized it.”
“The things that Elizabeth is pushing—and not just in this area but in financial regulation, in student loans, and a whole bunch of areas—are very attractive to working-class communities in middle America,” says Silvers of the AFL-CIO. “The populist wing of the Democratic Party is putting issues on the table that the public supports in a big way. And when that happens it’s very hard for the rest of the party to oppose them.”
ICYMI: LATINO LEADERS CALL FOR CONTESTED PRIMARY: Latino leaders Arturo Carmona and Erika Andiola recently signed a letter supporting our call for a contested primary. Read more from BuzzFeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo here.