Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Saturday during a town hall meeting in Holyoke, Massachusetts, that she will seriously consider running for president once the November midterm elections are over.
The liberal senator was asked directly if she would consider putting her hat in the ring — and she answered that winning back Democratic majorities in the House and Senate should be the immediate focus.
But after the midterms are over it would be time, she said, “for women to go to Washington to fix our broken government, and that includes a woman at the top,” according to The Boston Globe.
“After November 6, I will take a hard look at running for president,” she said.
The New England senator also said, “Let’s face it: Donald Trump is taking this country in the wrong direction. I am worried down to my bones about what Donald Trump is doing to our democracy.”
Earlier in September, Warren advocated using the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office after The New York Times published an explosive op-ed — presumably written by an anonymous White House official — detailing an alleged secret resistance within the Trump administration.
“If senior administration officials think the president of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment,” Warren told CNN at the time.
“The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the vice president and senior officials think the president can’t do his job. It does not provide that senior officials go around the president — take documents off his desk, write anonymous op-eds … Every one of these officials have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It’s time for them to do their job.”
On Saturday, with her voice “shaking slightly with anger,” as The Boston Globe put it, Warren brought up Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring California psychologist Christine Blasey Ford and SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh vehemently denied all allegations of sexual assault at a 1982 house party, when both Ford and Kavanaugh were teenagers.
“I watched 11 men who were too chicken to ask a woman a single question … I watched powerful men helping a powerful man make it to an even more powerful position,” Warren said.
“And I thought, ‘Time’s up.’ It’s time for women to go to Washington and fix our broken government, and that includes a woman at the top,” she said, “and the crowd of more than 500 burst into applause,” noted The Globe.
Warren is currently running to retain her Senate seat against GOP state Rep. Geoff Diehl, who co-chaired President Trump’s 2016 campaign in Massachusetts.
See a discussion, in the video below, on whether Warren should run in 2020.