Warren: Liberals will ‘lead the Democratic Party back from the wilderness’

Warren: Liberals will ‘lead the Democratic Party back from the wilderness’
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (D-Mass.) on Saturday pushed her party toward the left.

The potential 2020 presidential candidate declared in a speech that progressive liberals not only can restore the Democratic Party from its disorderly state, but that they currently control its direction, The New York Times reported.

“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 told the crowd at the annual Netroots Nation meeting, which was reportedly received with applause.

“We are not a wing of today’s Democratic Party. We are the heart and soul of today’s Democratic Party,” she added.

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The Democratic senator took the opportunity to thinly veil her eagerness to move away from Clinton-era policies, according to the report, dismissing the idea that the party should cater to the center.

“The Democratic Party isn’t going back to the days of welfare reform and the crime bill,” Warren said. “It is not going to happen.”

While Warren did not explicitly name former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBudowsky: 3 big dangers for Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Another VPOTUS tries for POTUS: What does history tell us? MORE, she went after the measures passed in his administration that the left wing of the party largely despises, reassuring the crowd not to fear a shift back toward the middle, as Clinton had done in the 1990s.

Warren supported and stumped for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE as the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential campaign. However, she was one of the last Senate Democrats to announce their endorsement during the bruising primary process — she waited until June.

Warren's speech at the conference, which is viewed as a testing ground for prospective presidential candidates, further fuels buzz that Warren plans to run for president in 2020. 

The Times reported that the Massachusetts lawmaker made little attempt to dismiss the bid speculation. 

Her speech comes amid divides within the Democratic Party. Warren also urged the liberal crowd not to push others out of the party's movement.
 
She made similar comments during a recent interparty dispute over whether Democrats can disagree on their stance on abortion.

"I am strongly pro-choice. I am strongly pro-choice, and I will fight," Warren told The Huffington Post. "But that's not how everyone in the party feels."