After a lengthy November 2013 profile of Warren in The New Republic, rumors of a possible 2016 run began heating up. Despite Warren having been among a group of female Senate Democrats who wrote a letter to Hillary Clinton urging her to run, an aide of Warren was quoted in the profile stating: "If Hillary or the man on the moon is not representing her stuff, and her people don’t have a seat at table, she’ll do what she can to make sure it’s represented."
Despite having stated that she was not running for president, a group of supporters started the Ready for Warren Super PAC to raise funds for a 2016 presidential run. Warren remarked that her focus was on her upcoming election, stating, "I do not support this."
On December 4, 2013, Warren announced she would serve out her term as a Massachusetts senator. She stated, "I am not running for president. I am working as hard as I can to be the best possible senator that I can be and to fight for the things that I promised during my campaign to fight for." While some accepted that statement as an indication that she would not run for president, the Washington Post pointed out on July 23, 2014, that Warren had yet to rule out running in the future.
Pre-campaign positioningOn August 13, 2014, Warren announced she would visit Israel with a congressional delegation following the midterm elections in what could be an attempt to strengthen her foreign affairs credibility.
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- Yahoo News, "Ready for Warren? Well, even if you are, the Democratic senator says she’s not," July 23, 2014
- Boston.com, "Elizabeth Warren says no presidential run: 'I pledge to serve out my term.'," December 4, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Elizabeth Warren could end the presidential speculation today. She has chosen not to.," July 23, 2014
- The Hill, "Warren stokes 2016 talk with Israel trip," August 13, 2014