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May 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Elizabeth Warren in Seattle for fundraiser, book tour

Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has made it very clear she has no plans to run for president in 2016.

But that hasn’t stopped speculation and encouragement among Democrats who’d like to see an aggressively anti-corporate alternative to Hillary Clinton — who also is not yet running for president.

Warren is in Seattle Thursday for a political fundraiser and to promote her memoir, “A Fighting Chance.” That biography has fueled chatter about Warren’s future because it reads a lot like the tale of a candidate eager to frame her personal story.

The book recounts her hard-scrabble early years in Oklahoma, her path to law school as a young mom, and her emergence as a champion of the average Joe the against powerful banking lobby in Washington, D.C. It closes with Warren’s 2012 win in the Massachusetts Senate race against Scott Brown and points to the future:

“Some say the rich and powerful now control Washington and always will. I say this battle isn’t over yet. True, the playing field isn’t level and the system is rigged. But we’re putting up a heck of a fight, and we intend to keep on fighting.”

Maybe Warren will continue that fight as the senior senator from Massachusetts. But as 2016 approaches, don’t be surprised to hear more calls for her to jump into the presidential race.

In Seattle on Thursday, Warren is scheduled to headline Sen. Patty Murray’s annual “Golden Tennis Shoes” political fundraiser at the Washington State Convention Center. Tickets for that event start at $125-a-person.

No doubt Warren and Murray will be all smiles Thursday.

But in a previous book, Warren criticized Murray, along with other Democratic leaders, for failing to stand up to banks when it came to bankruptcy laws.

According to the Boston Globe, Warren chided Murray for saying the country needed to “recapture the stigma associated with a bankruptcy filing.” (To which Warren responded: “The idea that they do not feel bad enough about their bankruptcy filings would have come as a shock to most of the families who filed.”

On Thursday night, Warren will discuss “A Fighting Chance,” at the University Temple church (1415 NE 43rd St., Seattle.) The 7 p.m. event, sponsored by University Book Store, costs $32.76, which includes a copy of Warren’s book.

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