Fresh off her reelection victory, Senator Elizabeth Warren said Thursday that it is “too early” for her to have started weighing whether she will run for president in 2020.
“It’s less than 48 hours,” she said, laughing when asked about her late September announcement that she’d explore a 2020 primary run after the midterms. “I said I would take a hard look and I will. Too early.”
Pressed further, Warren said she did not have a timeline for that decision-making process.
Warren framed Tuesday’s election results as a win for the Democratic Party, even with the seats Democrats lost in the Senate.
“It’s going to be hard losing Senate colleagues, but I am very excited about taking back the House of Representatives. We’re going to have a lot more allies for the issues that we care deeply about in Massachusetts,” Warren told reporters at a press conference.
Issues she highlighted included health care, gun safety, protecting Social Security, and addressing the student loan crisis.
Responding to the news of a mass shooting in a Southern California bar Wednesday night, Warren first expressed sympathy for the families who lost loved ones in the massacre. Then she went on the attack: “The US Congress has been held hostage by the NRA for long enough. It is time for us to move on basic gun safety regulations that the overwhelming majority of Americans support, that the overwhelming majority of gun owners support. With more allies in the House now we are more likely to be able to get a vote on gun safety now,” she said.
Democrats will take the majority in the House after picking up at least 30 seats in the midterm elections.
“That creates a lot of momentum,” she said, adding she then would hope Democrats could persuade their Senate colleagues to bring up the legislation in that chamber.
In the wake of President Trump asking for Jeff Sessions’s resignation as attorney general, Warren said: “I think he’s trying to foam the runway for getting rid of the special prosecutor.”
“It seems pretty obvious to me Jeff Sessions has been with Donald Trump on every single issue except the fact that Sessions has protected the special prosecutor at a time when Donald Trump is under investigation and (he) obviously doesn’t like that,” she said.
Warren said Congress should immediately pass legislation to protect Mueller, legislation that GOP leaders of both the House and Senate have declined to advance.
“This should not be a partisan issue . . . There is an ongoing investigation and the president of the United States should not be in a position to influence it or to be able to shut it down,” she said. “No one is above the law, not even the president of the United States.”Victoria McGrane can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @vgmac.