Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren made the rounds of the Sunday morning talk shows, claiming that she’s “not running for president,” and that she’s proud of her Cherokee heritage even if she won’t take a DNA test.
Warren appeared first on Fox News Sunday where she announced that, despite all evidence to the contrary, and an extensive campaign to rehabilitate her image, “I’m not running for president.”
When asked, she said she would not commit to taking a 23&Me-style genetic test to prove, once and for all, that she possesses Native American ancestry. Instead, she told a touching “Romeo-and-Juliet” style tale of star-crossed lovers forced to flee Middle America because her mother had the high cheekbones common among Plains Indians.
“Let me tell you a little bit about my family,” Warren said. “My mom and dad were born and raised out in Oklahoma, and my daddy was in his teens when he fell in love with my mother.
“She was a beautiful girl who played the piano. And he was head over heels in love with her and wanted to marry her. And his family was bitterly opposed to that because she was part Native American.”
She repeated her claim again on CNN, saying she has no interest in declaring her candidacy for president in 2020, even though she’s been slowly raising her profile and declaring her allegiance to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party through upcoming legislation.
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Although Fox News seemed skeptical about her claim, CNN mostly let Warren make her claim without question. Only the recently-maligned Chuck Todd of NBC confronted Warren, asking whether she truly intends to serve a full six-year term if she’s elected to her Senate seat again this November. The Free Beacon captured the confrontation.
“If you win re-election this year, are you going to pledge to serve a full six-year term?” Todd asked.
“So, look, I am not running for President of the United States,” Warren said. “I am running for the United States Senate, 2018, Massachusetts, woo hoo.”
It’s about the fights every single day. I’m in those fights. That’s where I’m focused.”
“I take it as a no? You’re not pledging to serve your full six-year term if you win re-election?” Todd asked.
“I already told you, I have no intention of running for … president,” Warren said.
“I don’t mean to pick on you about this,” Todd said.
“Yes, you do,” Warren said, laughing.
“But you know how many people have said that over the years? Two years before, and then of course have ended up running for president,” Todd said.
There’s no question that Warren is preparing for a national campaign.