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Working Families Party Urges Elizabeth Warren to Enter 2016 Race

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In her 2000 and 2006 campaigns for the US Senate, Hillary Clinton ran not just on the ballot line of the Democratic Party but also on the ballot line of New York's Working Families Party.

Backed by unions and grassroots activists, the WFP was organized in 1998 to move New York and national politics in a progressive direction. Sometimes, when the fight has been with conservative Republicans, the WFP has aligned with centrist Democrats, including Clinton. But, when the fight is over the type of challenge that will be made to those conservative Republicans in 2016, WFP activists recognize that progressives are skeptical with regard to Clinton's expected candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

A measure of that skepticism was on display Sunday, as the Working Families Party formally urged Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to try for the Democratic nod.

"We know a champion for working families when we see one -- and millions of Americans clearly do too. That's why Senator Warren is inspiring such a remarkable surge of grassroots enthusiasm," declared a message from WFP New York State Director Bill Lipton, which was sent to party backers and others after the WFP's Sunday decision to ask Warren to run...

"She's taken the fight directly to Wall St. and to the big banks that increasingly have a vice grip on our economy and our democracy. She's led the effort to create a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She's fought on behalf of students and recent graduates suffering from crippling student loan debt, and to change the debate in D.C. from a discussion over whether to cut Social Security into one about how we can grow it."

Warren says she is not running.

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