I’m not running for President in 2020, I’m focused on winning my senate race in November, Senator Warren replies Today News Africa’s Simon Ateba

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Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Tuesday that she was not running for President in 2020, but was focused on winning her Senate race in November this year.

“I am not running for President in 2020. I am running for the Senate in 2018,” Warren said as she replied a question by Today News Africa’s Simon Ateba during her appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

“We now have 74 more days until the election. I am taking nothing for granted. I have just done 34 town halls. I am all across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” she said.

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“I’m going to make this pitch; it is really important that we focus on midterm elections and stop acting like the only important shiny object in the room is 2020,” Warren added.

Senator Warren is believed to be considering a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. Other possible candidates may include former Vice President, Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Media reports had also said Senator Kamala Harris may run.

Warren was at the National Press Club to roll out a broad anti-corruption and government reform bill in a major speech. Her speech felt like that of a presidential candidate campaign.

The bill would bar lawmakers from trading individual stocks and mandate live streaming of the federal appellate hearings. It would also bar federal office holders from becoming lobbyists after leaving office.

The Bill has little chance to pass now with a Republican controlled Senate, but with election in November, Senator Warren’s bill might finally see the light of the day.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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