- The Washington Times - Monday, December 15, 2014

As it launches a new million-dollar effort to try to convince Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to run for president in 2016, the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org is reportedly holding a rally on Wednesday in Des Moines aimed at demonstrating the freshman senator would enjoy grassroots support in the early presidential state if she does run.

“The kickoff on Wednesday is the beginning of the effort to organize Iowans in a way that shows Sen. Warren that if she jumps into this race she’ll be a serious candidate in that state from day one,” Ben Wikler, Washington director of MoveOn, told the Wall Street Journal.

Both MoveOn and Democracy for America are trying to draft Ms. Warren into the 2016 race, and about 300 alumni of President Obama’s campaigns and the spin-off group Organizing for America recently penned an open letter urging her to run.

For her part, Ms. Warren has said repeatedly she is not “running” for president, despite the groups’ pleas for her to enter as an alternative to presumed Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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