Sen. Elizabeth Warren insisted Saturday that she was not running for the White House in 2020, but the Massachusetts Democrat repeatedly dodged on whether she would serve her full six-year term if she wins re-election to the Senate this November.
“I am in this fight to retain my Senate seat in 2018. That's where I'm focused," Warren told NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd, in an interview scheduled to air in full on Sunday. "That's where I'm going to stay focused. I'm not running for president."
Asked repeatedly if she would serve a full six-year term if re-elected, Warren said she was not running for president and would fight "for the people of Massachusetts, and for the people across this country."
Warren, who was courted by progressive activists to run for president in 2016 and is widely expected to win re-election in 2018, has consistently tried to tamp down speculation on any White House aspirations.
During the 2016 cycle, Republican Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham all campaigned in their party's presidential primary season — along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who ran for the Democratic nomination.
Warren recently has ignited a fight in the Senate's Democratic caucus over changes to the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulations, passed in the wake of the global financial crisis, and has repeatedly criticized President Donald Trump.