Warren on what has changed since she opted not to run in 2016: 'Donald Trump'

Warren on what has changed since she opted not to run in 2016: 'Donald Trump'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenLawmakers bicker over how to go after tax cheats Warren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Sanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' MORE (D-Mass.) fielded questions about her 2020 plans on Friday during an appearance at a historically black college, where she emphasized a renewed focus on political activism after President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE's election.

Speaking at Dillard University in New Orleans, Warren was asked what may have changed since she opted not to run for president in 2016, The Associated Press reported.


“Two words: Donald Trump,” Warren responded during a Q&A panel hosted by Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondCarter sworn in as House member to replace Richmond, padding Democrats' majority Biden set to flex clemency powers Democrats confront difficult prospects for midterms MORE (D-La.), the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Warren then shifted to discussing other topics including the upcoming midterm elections in November, saying they are an opportunity to halt the president's agenda in Congress. 

The Massachusetts senator is among several Senate Democrats widely viewed as potential candidates during the next White House race.

Warren, 69, is up for reelection to her Senate seat this year and had told reporters in April that she planned to serve her full six-year term if reelected in November.

“I am not running for president of the United States. That’s my plan," Warren said at the time.

Warren, a progressive firebrand, is considered a top potential Democratic contender in 2020, along with fellow Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMusk's SpaceX has a competitive advantage over Bezos' Blue Origin New York, New Jersey, California face long odds in scrapping SALT  Warren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHere's why Joe Biden polls well, but Kamala Harris does not Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Carper urges Biden to nominate ambassadors amid influx at border MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory BookerPolice reform talks hit familiar stumbling block Almost 20 advocacy groups team up to pressure Congress to pass health care bill for immigrants Biden adds pressure to congressional talks with self-imposed deadlines MORE (D-N.J.).

Warren was one of several potential candidates, including Booker and Harris, who spoke at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in New Orleans this week.

The annual gathering has been a top speaking spot for past Democratic contenders, including former President Obama and Sanders during his 2016 bid.

Also speaking at Netroots Nation this week was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), the self-described democratic socialist who won a surprise victory over longtime Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), the No. 4 House Democrat, in a Democratic primary in New York in June.