Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the progressive candidate who ran against corruption and pumped out more than 50 policy proposals during her campaign, suspended her presidential bid on Thursday.
“I will not be running for president in 2020. But I guarantee I will stay in the fight for the hard-working folks across the country who’ve got the short end of the stick, over and over,” she told reporters at a media availability in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday.
Warren, who was the last remaining woman candidate in the top tier, declined, when asked by reporters to endorse as the race now narrows to two men as front-runners, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“I need some space around this and want to take a little time to think a little more,” she said.
When asked by reporters what she would say to women and girls who feel as if they’re left with choosing only between white men for president, Warren acknowledged that part is especially tough.
“One of the hardest parts of this is all those pinky promises,” she said. “And all those little girls who are going to have to wait four more years. That’s going to be hard.”
Warren’s decision came on the heels of lackluster finishes on Super Tuesday — including in her home state — and in all four early states, despite putting boots on the ground earlier than most campaigns and touting one of the most organized campaigns. Her best finish was in Iowa, where she came in third. She came in fourth in New Hampshire, which neighbors her home state of Massachusetts, fourth in Nevada and fifth in South Carolina.
After Americans cast their ballots in February, Warren began to pitch herself as the middle ground between Sanders, a progressive, and Biden a moderate. She staked her strategy on sticking around for the “long haul,” picking up the supporters of candidates who dropped out before her.
Warren was one of the first candidates to announce her 2020 bid, touching down in Iowa for an exploratory trip in January of 2019 — more than a year before the caucuses. She officially announced her campaign in February, 2019, from Lawrence, Mass., before a crowd of around 3,500, per campaign estimates.
Her campaign quickly became known for its meticulous branding.
“I have a plan for that,” one of Warren’s tag lines, directly referred to her campaign’s rapid-fire policy announcements — but also applied to her team’s consistency.
Her staff operated a “selfie line” at nearly every single rally, developing an assembly-line like system that allowed Warren to meet every voter who wanted to stay after the event. At her largest rallies, the lines lasted for four or five hours. Warren also took questions from the press nearly every single day on the trail, drawing a marked contrast to Sanders and Biden, who sometimes went months without holding a media availability.
Her key policies all formed around her message of anti-corruption.
“The good news is that I have the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate,” Warren often said in her stump speech. “The bad news is that we need the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate. These problems, this corruption, started long before Donald Trump became president.”
Her platform rested on a 2% wealth tax on fortunes over $50 million, as well as a 6% wealth tax on fortunes over $1 billion. Warren pledged that the estimated $3.75 trillion raised from the tax would go toward investments in the next generation: universal child care, free tuition at public universities and the cancellation of student loan debt for 42 million Americans. Chants of “2-cents!” frequently broke out at her larger rallies.
The campaign had a rough start, however, beginning with a DNA test the senator took to address controversial claims of Native American heritage. Though the test was a response to Trump’s frequent taunts, the test was poorly received by tribes who said such tests don’t prove tribal citizenship.
Warren later apologized for taking the test and acknowledged her mistakes.
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