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Elizabeth Warren: 'I am not running for president'

A group may be Ready for Warren, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., says she’s not ready for a presidential run — and has no intentions of getting ready.

While on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” she was repeatedly pressed on the issue, and host Steve Inskeep pointed out that she was only speaking in the present tense, suggesting she would change her mind in the future.

After saying “I am not running for president” four times, Warren followed it up with “You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?”

Here’s how the exchange went, according to the transcript:

Inskeep: Sen. Warren, as you must know, that even as you were fighting over this in the Senate, there was a group called Ready for Warren that wants you to run for president, that released a letter signed by more than 300 people who describe themselves as former Obama campaign workers and staffers and aides. They want you to run. What do you say to them?

Warren: I’m, I’m not running for president. That’s not what we’re doing. We had a really important fight in the United States Congress just this past week. And I’m putting all my energy into that fight and to what happens after this.

Inskeep: Would you tell these independent groups, “Give it up!” You’re just never going to run.

Warren: I told them, “I’m not running for president.”

Inskeep: You’re putting that in the present tense, though. Are you never going to run?

Warren: I am not running for president.

Inskeep: You’re not putting a “never” on that.

Warren: I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?