BOSTON (CBS) — Senator Elizabeth Warren came to Boston’s Health Care for the Homeless Program on Friday to tout a bill she’s filing with fellow Democrat Elijah Cummings that would send billions to local communities to fight the opioid addiction epidemic.

But we wondered if she had found any Republican co-sponsors for the bill?

“I simply started right now with Congressman Cummings,” she said.

But Warren herself has said she will need bipartisan support for the legislation. So we asked if the polarized political climate and the endless speculation about her own future complicate that task.

“We start with the fact that the opioid epidemic is not paying attention to party affiliation,” replied Warren.

True enough, but in Washington, it’s always top of mind.

And if Warren’s chronic Trump-bashing doesn’t complicate her bi-partisan outreach, the possibility she may run for president certainly will, despite recent efforts to quell the speculation.

At a town hall event Thursday sponsored by the Dorchester Reporter newspaper, the moderator asked Warren: “If you’re re-elected. are you gonna fill out your whole term?”

“That’s my plan,” said Warren, a demurral as persuasive as then-Senator Barack Obama’s demurral during a 2006 interview with NBC. “So you will not run for president or vice-president in 2008?” asked Tim Russert. “I will not,” said Obama, who announced his candidacy one year later.

Keeping the door open for a 2020 run helps Warren attract attention and donations. But it also makes bipartisan dealmaking harder.

“What I’m hopeful about is instead of putting politics first we’ll be willing to put the good of the American people first” when it comes to the opioid funding bill, says Warren.

Good luck with that.

Comments (7)
  1. Run, Lizzie, RUN!

    You’ll do as well a The Duke did when he embarrassed the Commonwealth with his showing!

    I knew Ted Kennedy. He wasn’t a friend of mine. And, you, Senator, are no Ted Kennedy.

    I wonder what Mary Jo would think about your checkered career with affirmative action and the #MeToo movement?

    1. Theodore, the times are a’changing. The ’88 election was the first national in which I could vote, I did not vote for Dukakis even though I would consider myself a liberal and democrat. Now, I would vote for Warren but I do not want her to run for POTUS as she should be fighting the good fight in the legislature. No, she is not Kennedy but she is part of the old school and we need younger ideas running for office; however, the old school does need to stick around long enough to help the young guns and then get out of the way.
      As for your last sentence, what does Chairwoman White and Warren’s push to fix Citizens United have to do with MeToo and Affirmative action? sounds like you just wanted to be demeaning without doing the whole “Pocahontas” thing like most would.

      1. To your last point…

        Lying Lizzie has demeaned her alleged heritage and the therapeutic concept of affirmative action.

        She’s fair game for any flak that comes her way.

  2. Fred Grosso says:

    Lizzie demeaned affirmative action? Or was it the reptile circle jerkers, starting with Scott Brown and going through Donald Trump, who demeaned politics?

    1. What I wrote, Mr Grosso…good name by the way…is what I meant.

      Lying Lizzie tried to pass herself off as a minority for personal objectives…

      That’s about as racist as it gets.

    2. Actually, it was not Brown how started with it, The Herald started it with their story. Brown capitalized on it because he knew his voters wouldn’t do any due diligence and would just run with “LYING DEMOCRAT!”, etc. Trump, being the prepubescent bully wannnabe he is knew his followers would also pick up on it especially if he used a pajorative nickname.

      Theodore, what she did was not racist, you should look up the definition. Honestly, she’s got bigger issues you should be complaining about.
      I’m not sure what happens to my reply to you yesterday but it appears to have been deleted.
      To sum it up. Growing up, I was told I had Cherokee and African heritage. We were always told that by my paternal grandfather. When we did a DNA test and Genealogy research recently we found out we are very white, his grandparents were both from Slingo but that wasn’t discussed back then. Does that make me a liar for believing the stories I was told? If I had thought it was enough of a percentage I, too, would have put it on my college circulation, maybe joined clubs. Does that make me a lair?

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