Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts says she has no intention of running for president in 2020, but she also is leaving herself room to reconsider.
Warren is refusing to pledge to complete a second six-year Senate term if she’s re-elected in November.
The high-profile liberal is often discussed as a potential 2020 rival to President Donald Trump.
Warren tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that she knows there’s anxiety among Democrats about a possible second Trump term.
A Massachusetts newspaper has challenged Warren to clear up questions about her claims to Native American heritage by taking a DNA test. Asked if she will, Warren instead talked about her family and Native American issues.
Trump derisively refers to Warren as “Pocahontas” to mock her claim about being part American Indian.
“Look, I do know. I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere,” Warren said.
“But what I did a couple of weeks ago is I went to talk to the leaders of the native tribes across the country,” she added.
“And I talked about the fact that President Trump can’t seem to hear my name without trying to throw a racial slur into it. Can’t seem to make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without trying to make something else out of it.”