Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts asserted during a political conference that the Democratic Party should fully embrace its progressive wing. The potential presidential candidate also took aim at the policies of former President Bill Clinton.
On Aug. 12, Warren spoke before the Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The Massachusetts senator blasted the Democratic centrist movement spearheaded by Clinton during the 1990s, the Washington Post reports.
"The Democratic Party isn't going back to the days of welfare reform and the crime bill. It is not going to happen. We're not going back to the days of being lukewarm on choice. We're not going back to the days when universal health care was something Democrats talked about on the campaign trail but were too chicken to fight for after they got elected."
The Massachusetts senator added: "And we're not going back to the days when a Democrat who wanted to run for a seat in Washington first had to grovel on Wall Street."
Warren asserted that Democrats would not return to the centrism of the Clinton era because progressives had already become the majority base of the party.
"We are not the gate crashers of today's Democratic Party," Warren continued. "We are not a wing of today's Democratic Party. We are the heart and soul of today's Democratic Party."
Warren proceeded to outline a Democratic platform that included bolstering unions, passing a federal $15 minimum wage, universal pre-schooling, universal Medicare, affordable housing, college debt forgiveness, breaking up business monopolies and criminal justice reform.
While Warren called for Democrats to unite under a progressive agenda, she urged her colleagues to stop their infighting over the direction of the party.
"If we're going to be the people who lead the Democratic Party back from the wilderness and lead our country out of this dark time, then we can't waste energy arguing about whose issue matters more or who in our alliance should be voted off the island," Warren concluded.
There has been heightened speculation that Warren will mount a campaign to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
On Aug. 9, a Zogby Analytics survey found that Warren would garner 46 percent of the vote while Trump would trail behind with 37 percent if the election were held that day, the Washington Examiner reports.
On Aug. 7, Warren blasted the rampant speculation over whether she would run for president, asserting that it was counterproductive.
"Donald Trump has been president for seven months," Warren told WGBH. "I mean, I know it seems like seven years, but it's been seven months… We can't be a party and we can't be a nation that says, 'Horse race to horse race, let's just see what happens every four years and let's get all excited about speculating who's going to be in the race in four years.'"