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Sen. Elizabeth Warren to headline summit of young progressives

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) questions Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray on Capitol Hill last week. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) may not be running for president, but she's becoming the star of the liberal speaking circuit this summer.

Warren is bringing her message of economic populism to the "Make Progress National Summit," a gathering of more than 600 progressive youths next month in Washington. Warren is slated to headline the July 16 confab, which is hosted by Generation Progress, the youth engagement arm of liberal think tank Center for American Progress.

In an e-mail organizers plan to send to some 35,000 young people Thursday, Warren writes that she will discuss her vision for "a stronger America" at the conference.

"I believe that everyone deserves a fair shot to get ahead, and I know that when America invests in its young people, we all do better," Warren writes. She adds, "We need to make investments that allow young people to have a fair shot at building their economic futures, and that's what I'm fighting for in the Senate."

Warren's appearance, as well as her keynote address later that week at Netroots Nation, a national conference of liberal activists to be held in Detroit, is sure to stoke speculation that she could run for president in 2016 as a progressive alternative to former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Warren has insisted that she will not run for president, but that has not quieted her supporters on the political left, who see her as a singular champion for progressive values. She has drawn enthusiastic crowds the past few months as she's traveled to promote her new book, "A Fighting Chance," which among other subjects details her fight against big banks.

Netroots Nation organizers said they invited Clinton to address next month's conference, but that she declined, citing a scheduling conflict.

Anne Johnson, executive director of Generation Progress, declined to say whether Clinton was invited to speak at the Make Progress National Summit.

"We've invited a number of people to speak," Johnson said. She noted that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is confirmed to attend and that organizers will announce more speakers in the coming weeks.

Warren addressed the summit last year and was well received. Johnson said Warren's advocacy in the Senate for student loan reform in particular appeals to young people.

"Young people are really impressed with her as a leader, as a senator," Johnson said. "She hasn’t been in the Senate that long and you can already see the impact she’s having.”

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.



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