Congressman Keith Ellison wants Elizabeth Warren to run for president of the United States.
“I would love to see Elizabeth Warren in this race. I think it would be fantastic. I think that it would help the quality of the debate and she may win,” Ellison told liberal activists who are urging a Warren run, according to MSNBC. “But even if she doesn’t, I think she’ll make Hillary Clinton a better candidate.”
MSNBC points out:
That’s the closest any major elected official has come to endorsing the Massachusetts Democrat, who has said repeatedly that she is not going to run for president.
Ellison added that he feared Clinton, the presumed frontrunner for the nominee, “could just walk into the general [election] without having committed to some important real, real economic populism.”
“So, I’m supportive of what [DFA] is doing, I’m supportive of what MoveOn is doing, and I think Elizabeth Warren is one of the great, bright lights of our time,” he added.
MoveOn.org and DFA, which grew out of Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, officially kicked off their campaign to draft Warren Wednesday in Iowa, and have together committed $1.25 million to the effort.
Ellison is chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.