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This is one of MoveOn.org’s semi-regular updates on our Run Warren Run effort and Senator Warren’s work to give all Americans a fighting chance.
ELIZABETH WARREN, YOU’VE GOT MAIL — 2,016+ POSTCARDS FROM IOWA. Iowa Run Warren Run supporters sent Sen. Warren 2,016 postcards on Friday urging her to run for president at an event in Des Moines. The rally outside a Des Moines post office featured volunteers signing an oversized postcard, and supporters mailed the 2,016 personally signed postcards to Sen. Warren’s Boston office.
Watch local TV coverage of the send-off and rally at We Are Iowa.
MEET OUR VOLUNTEER LEADERS. Bill and Jane Teaford, two of Run Warren Run’s 39 county leaders in Eastern Iowa, are veteran organizers and devoted Warren supporters. They were profiled last week by the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier’s Christina Crippes:
“It literally caught on fire. It really did,” retired John Deere engineer Bill Teaford said of the movement. “We’re doing this because of [Senator Warren’s] ideas.” …
Jane Teaford, a former state lawmaker, said it was Warren’s efforts to hold big banks accountable in the aftermath of the 2009 recession that first led her to learn about the senator.
“I like her ideas. What I really like is her passion. She’s not afraid to take on anybody,” Jane Teaford said, pointing to her current spat with President Barack Obama over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
‘YOU’RE WITH HER OR YOU’RE AGAINST HER.’ “The rollback of financial regulation is stalled. Income inequality is a campaign issue. Americans are still angry about the financial crisis. Things aren’t shaping up the way the big banks expected, and an important reason is one laser-focused senator from Massachusetts,” Bloomberg’s Katrina Brooker reports. Here’s more:
Now, as the 2016 run for the White House begins, this could be a very hot campaign season for Wall Street. Warren, who declined to be interviewed for this story, is not running for president—although an army of supporters, including a corps of Hollywood celebrities, is clamoring for her to do so. But her impact on the race is already evident. There are frequent references to a Warren wing of the Democratic party and to the need to appeal to it. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, is openly courting her. “Elizabeth Warren never lets us forget that the work of taming Wall Street’s irresponsible risk taking and reforming our financial system is far from finished,” Clinton wrote for Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People issue in April.
This is what Warren does better than anyone else: laying out the fight. There are good guys and bad guys—so pick a side. This helped win her an election. It draws crowds, produces YouTube hits, and sells books.
‘FOREVER READY FOR ELIZABETH.’ The National Journal’s Emily Schultheis takes a look at the Run Warren Run campaign after Bernie Sanders enters the presidential race:
“We believe we can still convince Elizabeth Warren to run for president,” said Gary Ritterstein, an adviser to Ready for Warren. “The more time we spend at this, the more support for her continues to grow.”
That’s how draft movements work, Warren supporters say: They’re never aimed at people who are likely to run, but instead target reluctant would-be candidates. “A real draft effort starts with a candidate saying ‘no’ a lot until there isn’t a ‘no,’ ” said Neil Sroka, spokesman for Democracy for America, one of the groups involved in the draft effort. “We knew we were doing a hard thing.”
The “Run Warren Run” effort, run by Democracy for America and MoveOn in coordination with Ready for Warren, has amassed more than 320,000 supporters. It has staffers on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire who are doing grassroots organizing on her behalf.