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Warren Takes Three Steps to a 2020 Run

At the dawn of the Trump era, the liberal firebrand has taken three steps that compare to steps then-Sen. Obama took in the lead-up to 2008.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) preparing for a presidential run in 2020? Three steps she has taken in recent days mirror steps taken by then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) between 2005 and 2008.

#1: OBSTRUCT

Sen. Warren is a recent, and enthusiastic, member of the Democrats’ ‘obstruct everything’ camp. After defending her vote for Ben Carson amidst liberal ire, Warren has taken a harder line on Trump nominees as of late. She has pledged total opposition to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, even after demanding Senate Republicans “do [their] job” on Merrick Garland last year.

Then-Sen. Obama, of course, ran a campaign against George W. Bush in his early years — not just in 2006 and 2008, but also in 2009 and 2010 as president.

#2: WRITE

On Tuesday, the Boston Globe reported Sen. Warren will be out with a new book in April: “A Fighting Chance.” It will be Warren’s eleventh book, and will focus on “middle class” policies.

Then-Sen. Obama ramped up for the 2008 presidential campaign with a book that read like “a political document” or a “stump speech,” The Audacity of Hope.

#3: CREDENTIAL UP

Sen. Warren is also adding an “experienced national security adviser” to her team in the Senate, which the Globe says is an effort “to bolster her foreign policy credentials.” The adviser, Sasha Baker, worked for Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

Then-Sen. Obama took steps to boost his foreign policy credentials in the lead-up to his presidential run, joining the Senate Foreign Relations Committee upon joining the Senate in 2007, and even chairing the Subcommittee on European Affairs.