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 Ann WarrenLawmakers unveil massive bipartisan bill aimed at fighting opioid crisis Dems push back on using federal funds to arm teachers Admiral defends record after coming under investigation in 'Fat Leonard' scandal 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 John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign 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 Levon RichmondState Department: Allegations of racism 'disgusting and false' Congressional Black Caucus says Kavanaugh would weaken Voting Rights Act protections Democrats move to limit role of superdelegates in presidential nominations 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersPoll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 5 points in Florida governor race Sanders: Kavanaugh accusers 'have risked their lives to come forward' Helping citizens unite in post-Citizens United America MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCelebrities, lawmakers wear black to support Kavanaugh’s accuser Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Kamala Harris calls for Senate to protect Mueller probe as Rosenstein faces potential dismissal MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRNC spokeswoman: Who is more unhinged - Hirono, Avenatti, or Spartacus? Ex-White House official revises statement to Mueller after Flynn guilty plea: report CNN editor: Booker's 'groping incident' 'different' from Kavanaugh allegation 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.