She used to dominate the headlines — especially during her failed run for president in 2020 — but we might soon be seeing a lot more of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) once again.
According to the Washington Examiner, the 71-year-old Massachusetts Democrat recently confirmed that she will run for re-election to the Senate in 2024, when her current term is set to expire. The announcement dispels any rumors of her retirement or ambitions to make another run for the presidency.
It also came on the heels of the release of Warren’s memoir, Persist, which reportedly provides a look into her feelings on failing as a presidential candidate in the 2020 race.
She’s doing it for Joe
Warren, who first entered the upper chamber after defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown in 2012, is the first female senator to represent Massachusetts.
On Sunday, Warren made her intentions clear when she told a WBZ reporter that she’s running for re-election to help President Joe Biden, presumably to support his legislative agenda.
“Joe Biden is running for re-election. I plan on helping him, and I plan on staying in the Senate,” Warren said.
Prior to that, she told Politico the same thing, simply answering “Yep” when asked if she planned on seeking another term in 2024.
Surprise move, or PR stunt?
Politico suggested that Warren’s announcement was a “surprise” move to some Democrats in the state who are rumored to have their eyes on Warren’s Senate seat, including Rep. Ayanna Pressley and former Rep. Joe Kennedy III.
Some “well-connected” Democrats in the state reportedly still believe Warren might change her mind when the 2024 election nears, however. Politico noted that Warren has attempted to leave the upper chamber multiple times over the last two years, including during her White House run and when she was rumored to be up for the role of Biden’s running mate and later, his Treasury secretary.
Adding fuel to the fire, it wouldn’t be a stretch to presume that Warren’s announcement could have more to do with publicity than public service.
Announcing a Senate campaign might just help her sell more copies of her book, wherein Warren reportedly goes into great detail about her series of political losses in recent years and even touches on the controversy surrounding her claims that she was of Native American heritage, reportedly writing: “I was wrong to take the test.”
Only time will tell if Warren truly commits to a re-election bid in 2024, but a lot can happen between now and then — and the political landscape will likely be stunningly different when that time comes.