Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced she will not run for president in 2020, however she refused to pledge that she would complete a second six-year term if she were re-elected to the Senate in November.
In an interview on “Meet the Press”, Warren told Chuck Todd “I am not running for president of the United States. I am running for the United States Senate,”.
But Warren also refused to pledge to serve another full six years in the Senate if re-elected, despite being pressed repeatedly by Todd. Warren admitted fears of a likely second term of President Trump and seemed to leave the door open to running to stop the possibility, despite downplaying her intentions to run in the 2020 election.
“I know there’s a lot of anxiety, particularly on the Democratic side, about how we are going to deal with Donald Trump in 2020,” she said.
Warren has faced criticism, and what some would consider taunting, by Trump over her claims regarding her Native American heritage. Trump has mockingly nicknamed her “Pocahantas”.
The senator rejected a challenge by a Massachusetts newspaper to take a DNA test, telling Todd “I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere,”.
The claims arose after it was revealed that Warren listed herself as a minority in an Association of American Law Schools directly, which led to Harvard Law School touting Warren as being “Native American” when she was a professor in Cambridge.