David Axelrod, one of the masterminds behind the Obama 2008 presidential campaign, is speaking a lot to the media these days in preparation for the release to the new book. Most of what Axelrod has shared with the media and public has been insider information about President Obama, his campaign and the Obama administration. Today though he decided to weigh in on the 2016 Democratic nomination fight that will soon be underway.
Mr. Axelrod told the Huffington Post today that he doesn’t believe Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) poses a credible threat to Hillary Clinton’s likely presidential bid in 2016. “I know Elizabeth Warren well, and my strong feeling is she’s not going to run,” Axelrod said in a Wednesday interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. “I think she’s trying to influence the direction of the party, and you have more influence as a potential candidate than you do if you take yourself out. So she’s allowing, she’s sticking to this language of ‘I’m not running for president,’ and titillating people with it, because it gives her more leverage.”
“I don’t think she would beat her. I have high regard for Elizabeth. I don’t think she would beat her. Look at the polling, Hugh. Hillary is probably as well-positioned within her own party as any open seat candidate has been in our lifetime.”
Elizabeth Warren herself has stated multiple times that she has no interest in running for the nomination in 2016 but many activist in the party that see Clinton as not progressive enough are still pushing hard to change her mind. The New York Working Families Party called on Warren to run, joining organizations like Ready for Warren who are pushing the senator to jump in.
Axelrod states that while Warren can’t beat Clinton, she can have leverage on her campaign and can force Clinton to be more liberal on economic issue and come down harder on Wall Street. Clinton would likely be willing to do such as 2008 showed, Clinton is probably more than happy to avoid another long drawn out primary fight.