California Rep. Maxine Waters (D) assured the press she is not planning a presidential run. However, she stated she’d go for it if millennials want her to.
News that Waters will be headlining a picnic fundraiser for the Strafford County Democratic Committee over the weekend has stoked speculation that the West Coast liberal is angling a 2020 presidential run. Many politicians who prepare a campaign for the White House visit New Hampshire – an early primary state – many times over. Waters says she is just visiting The Granite State to support local Democrats.
“I’m just going up to do a county Democratic thing. That’s all,” Waters said to The Daily Caller.
However, the ferocious critic of President Trump added an eyebrow-raising statement when pressed for further comment. “I’m not running for anything but my own seat. I don’t have any presidential aspirations. If the millennials want me to do it, I’d do it, though.”
The California Democrat is currently serving her 14th term as a congresswoman representing the Los Angeles area. Waters has lately taken a particular interest to young and millennial voters. This week, New York Times Magazine ran a story on her titled, “Maxine Waters Is Learning From Millennials.”
Since the 2016 elections, Waters has been an unabashed critic of the Republican majority and President Trump. Concerning alleged Russian meddling, she believes Trump will either be impeached or criminally charged. Refusing to accept that American voters rejected her Party last November, Waters has even surmised that Trump’s election victory was not legitimate.
This has stoked speculation from both the Right and the Left that she may run in 2020. Just a few months ago, Salon published a piece listing five reasons why Waters should forge a run for the White House. She is a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus and many Civil Rights leaders have praised her work.
Although not everything has been sunshine and roses for the California liberal. Waters has been involved in various ethics scandals over the years. In 2009, she was accused of manipulating her position on the Financial Services panel to enrich her husband. A watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, labeled her as one of the most corrupt members of Congress.
Following intense media coverage after The DC story, Waters responded to The Hill that she was joking about any interest in a presidential run.
Throwback to Waters’ Freudian slip of the tongue: During a 2008 committee hearing with an oil executive, Waters accidentally said she would be “all about” socializing oil companies. She awkwardly pauses after she realizes what she said out loud, but has no choice but to move on (note the two lawmakers laughing in the background):