Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she hopes Hillary Rodham Clinton runs for president in 2016 — the latest in a series of declarations of support by the Massachusetts Democrat, who some have speculated could seek the Oval Office herself.
"All all of the women — Democratic women I should say — of the Senate urged Hillary Clinton to run, and I hope she does. Hillary is terrific," Warren said during an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's "This Week," noting that she was one of several senators to sign a letter urging Clinton to run in 2016.
Warren is a favorite among many liberal Democrats, and the release of her new book, "A Fighting Chance," has stoked speculation that she may consider a presidential run in 2016. Warren has repeatedly insisted she will not run for president.
"I'm not running for president. I'm not running for president. I'm not running for president." Warren said in a series of video clips shown prior to the interview.
In the past, Warren had criticized Bill and Hillary Clinton and other Democrats who supported a bankruptcy bill that Warren decried as tilted in favor of corporate interests. She lambasted Hillary Clinton by name for voting, as a senator in 2001, for that bill.
“As First Lady, Mrs. Clinton had been persuaded that the bill was bad for families, and she was willing to fight for her beliefs,” Warren wrote in “The Two Income Trap,” the 2003 book she co-wrote with her daughter. “As New York’s newest senator, however, it seems that Hillary Clinton could not afford such a principled position. . . . The bill was essentially the same, but Hillary Rodham Clinton was not.”
However, Warren softened her tone in her latest book. Recounting her meeting with Hillary Clinton in 1998 to discuss the proposed bankruptcy legislation, the then-first lady, according to Warren, said she would fight against “that awful bill.”
As the New Republic first noted, in “A Fighting Chance,” Warren doesn’t make reference to Clinton’s subsequent vote in favor of the bill.
Asked about her abandoned criticism of Clinton, Warren said Sunday that she will continue to push the issue even if Clinton is elected president, but she stopped short of criticizing Clinton by name.
"Look, I've made it clear all the way through this book, and really what I've been working on for the last 25 years, that I'm worried a lot about power in the financial services industry," Warren said. And I'm worried about the fact that basically starting in the ′80s, you know, the cops were taken off the beat in financial services, these guys were allowed to just paint a bullseye on the backsides of American families. They loaded up on risk. They crashed the economy. They got bailed out. And what bothers me now is they still strut around Washington. They block regulations that they don't want. They roll over agencies whenever they can. And they break."