Elizabeth Warren is not currently running for president. Did you catch that? Elizabeth Warren is not currently running for president!
The Massachusetts lawmaker on Monday emphatically stressed — four times in a row — that she is not seeking the top office during a morning interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep. When Inskeep pointed out she was using the present tense rather than the future tense, Warren repeated herself. Pointedly.
Below is a transcript of the exchange, courtesy of NPR:
Inskeep: Senator Warren, as you must know, that even as you were fighting over this in the Senate, there was a group called Ready for Warren that wants you to run for president, that released a letter signed by more than 300 people who describe themselves as former Obama campaign workers and staffers and aides. They want you to run. What do you say to them?
Warren: I'm, I'm not running for president. That's not what we're doing. We had a really important fight in the United States Congress just this past week. And I'm putting all my energy into that fight and to what happens after this.
Inskeep: Would you tell these independent groups, "Give it up!" You're just never going to run.
Warren: I told them, "I'm not running for president."
Inskeep: You're putting that in the present tense, though. Are you never going to run?
Warren: I am not running for president.
Inskeep: You're not putting a "never" on that.
Warren: I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?
Warren was on the morning show to discuss a provision in the omnibus spending bill passed into law on Saturday that rolls back restrictions on derivative trading on Wall Street.
At publication time, the senior senator from Massachusetts has still not announced a presidential campaign.