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'Run Liz Run!' : Elizabeth Warren Rallies Progressives

During her speech at progressive conference Netroots Nation, the senator was drowned out by the chants about her getting into the 2016 race.
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Charles Dharapak / AP

DETROIT -- Liberal activists repeatedly shouted “Run, Liz Run” during Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s speech at a conference here, as party activists continue their attempt to draft her into the 2016 presidential contest.

Netroots Nation, an annual conference for progressives, this year has turned into a “Warren for President” event. The senator has repeatedly said she does not want to run and would back Hillary Clinton, if the former secretary of state launches a campaign as expected.

Polls show that an overwhelming majority of Democrats want Clinton. But at this conference of the most liberal Democrats, everyone loves Warren. A group called “Ready for Warren’ handed out plastic “Warren for President” hats and signs before her speech to the attendees.

From the moment she was introduced, the crowd of more than 1,000 started waving their signs and calling for her to run. At one point in her 15-minute speech, she was drowned out by the chants about her getting into the race.

Warren completely ignored the presidential issue. She stuck to her traditional populist message, describing America’s economic system as “rigged” to favor powerful corporations and the rich and urging policy changes like raising the minimum wage .

“The game is rigged and it isn’t right, it is not right,” she said.