WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Despite the seemingly universal support of Democrats as well as cross-aisle populace enthusiasm, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren maintains she is not planning to run for president in 2016.
"I don't think so," Warren told People Magazine.
"If there's any lesson I've learned in the last five years, it's don't be so sure about what lies ahead. There are amazing doors that could open. Right now, I'm focused on figuring out what else I can do from this spot."
Warren has been much sought after in Democratic midterm campaigns, as in many districts President Obama's presence triggers toxic associations.
In the age of public relations firms and long-term marketing decisions, Warren's softening of her refusal appears to many throughout the media as conscious establishment of a narrative -- not unlike fellow kind-of-candidate Hillary Clinton.
As CBS News, to whom Warren has bluntly stated she is not running, noted, "By next week, she will have hit Iowa and New Hampshire, presidential primary territory, where she'll have a chance to consider making that 'I don't think so' into a 'maybe.'"
At this point in the 2008 presidential election cycle, then-senator Barack Obama was routinely making similar statements. Then, in February 2007, three-and-a-half months closer to the election than today, Obama declared to a crowd of supporters in Springfield, Ill., "I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America."