Warren keeps imprint on 2016, applauds progressive pledge

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Posted: Apr 08, 2015 6:08 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Keeping her imprint on the 2016 Democratic primary, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is heralding a commitment from thousands of party officials to push Hillary Rodham Clinton to adopt her populist economic policies.

"Anyone who runs for president should talk about big economic ideas that will help rebuild the middle class in this country and improve the lives of working-class families," Warren said in a statement provided to The Associated Press. "These issues matter powerfully in determining what kind of a country we are and what kind of future we're building, and I applaud those who are working hard to make big ideas central to the conversation in 2016."

Warren's comments come a day after the Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced that 5,000 Democratic leaders had signed on to its "Ready for Boldness" campaign. The effort urges Clinton, who is on the brink of announcing her campaign, and other potential Democratic presidential candidates to run on "big, bold, economic-populist ideas."

The policies the group is pushing include Wall Street and campaign finance reforms, increasing government aid to public universities, and expanding Social Security benefits — all ideas championed by Warren.

The Massachusetts senator has repeatedly shot down speculation that she will challenge Clinton in the Democratic primary. The boldness campaign is essentially an acknowledgment of that reality, as the progressive group focuses instead of getting Clinton to campaign on Warren's platform.

Among the leaders who signed the boldness pledge this week was Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

The progressive group is also seeking to make the issues pledge a factor in potentially competitive Democratic Senate primaries. Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland, who is running for the Senate in 2016, signed the pledge while rival Rep. Chris Van Hollen did not. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida, who liberals hope runs for the Senate, signed the pledge, while Rep. Patrick Murphy did not.

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