Will Elizabeth Warren Serve Out Her Term? She Wont Say

Another noncommittal answer from the senator fuels 2020 speculation

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks in May. She has dodged questions about serving out her term. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks in May. She has dodged questions about serving out her term. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted October 31, 2018 at 9:32am

Sen. Elizabeth Warren would not commit to serving out her full six-year term during a debate Tuesday night, further fanning speculation of a 2020 presidential run. 

The Massachusetts Democrat dodged the question, saying, “I guarantee this: No matter what I do, I will work for the people of the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” according to The Republican. 

She said she will “take a look at running for president” after the midterm elections. That phrasing is almost identical to a comment she made last month.

“After Nov. 6 I will take a hard look at running for president,” Warren told a town hall in September.

At the debate, Republican challenger Geoff Diehl accused Warren of putting her rumored White House ambitions before her constituents.

“Ironically, my opponent and President [Donald] Trump do have something in common: Neither one wants to be a senator from Massachusetts, but both want to be president,” he said. 

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Pundits started speculating in earnest that Warren will launch a presidential bid when she released the results of a genetic test that experts said showed a distant Native American ancestor. The gambit was viewed as an attempt to defuse President Donald Trump’s allegation that she unfairly benefited from affirmative action by fraudulently claiming Native heritage.

Watch: Trump Unimpressed By Warren Native American DNA Results

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