The Boston Globe editorial board urged Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president Sunday, and said it would be a mistake to let presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton run unchallenged.
“While Warren has repeatedly vowed that she won’t run for president herself, she ought to reconsider,” the board of her home state paper wrote in a Sunday editorial, arguing she would be the best champion of the middle class.
“Nothing about [Clinton’s] record suggests much gumption for financial reform or tackling the deeply entrenched economic problems that increasingly threaten the American dream,” the board wrote.
Stagnant wages, student debt, exploitative lenders, and inadequate retirement savings are major problems Clinton seems unwilling to prioritize, they continued. “Unlike Clinton, or any of the prospective Republican candidates, Warren has made closing the economic gaps in America her main political priority, in a career that has included standing up for homeowners facing illegal foreclosures and calling for more bankruptcy protections.”
Massachusetts would forgive the loss of Warren to the presidency, especially since her power in the Senate is seriously diminished while Republicans hold control of both houses, the board argued. And even if Warren is unable to win the nomination, she could force Clinton to the left on some issues and force her to change the conversation.
“[Warren] should not shrink from the chance to set the course for the Democratic Party or cede that task to Hillary Clinton without a fight,” the board wrote. The gap between the Facebooks and Googles of America and the rest of the economy has grown too large, and it deserves the kind of public debate and scrutiny that a national political campaign can spark.”
The ongoing scrutiny of Clinton’s secret private email account when she was secretary of state is confirming the fears of some Democrats that their party’s 2016 field is too shallow. (RELATED: Biden 2016 Supporter: ‘He Ain’t Got No Email Problems)
The Globe’s editorial is only the latest call for Warren to run, despite her insistence she is not running. (RELATED: MoveOn.org Is Begging Elizabeth Warren To Run For President)