Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) declined four opportunities in the same interview to clarify whether she will run for president.
Asked by NPR's Steve Inskeep about a grassroots campaign attempting to draft her into the race, Warren responded that she was "not running." Noting Warren's use of the present tense, Inskeep then pressed the freshman senator to explain whether that meant she could still run in the future.
The exchange, with Inskeep's questions in bold:
You're putting that in the present tense, though. Are you never going to run?
I am not running for president.
You're not putting a "never" on that.
I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end? [NPR]
In fairness to Warren, no other potential candidates have definitively said they will run in 2016 either.