The Washington Times - November 11, 2013, 09:03AM

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell pushed back Monday on fresh speculation that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, could be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.

Mr. Rendell, a longtime supporter of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, said Ms. Warren has no chance if Mrs. Clinton enters the race and only has the potential to be a marginal candidate if Mrs. Clinton does not.

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“If Hillary’s in the race, she has zero chance. She will raise zero money,” Mr. Rendell said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box. “If Hillary’s not in the race, she can be a 10, 12, 15 percenter. I helped Elizabeth Warren get elected to the Senate; if she calls and asks, I guess it’s three words I’d say: ‘Are you crazy?’ “

A new piece published in the New Republic has stoked speculation that Ms. Warren, who made a name for herself as a consumer advocate before being elected to the Senate last year, could potentially knock off Mrs. Clinton in a Democratic primary contest.