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TheChat: Elizabeth Warren is not — repeat: NOT — running for president

Here we go.

▪ “I am not running for president.” — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren when asked by NPR whether she was seeking the White House.

Warren, a Democrat, was asked four times by the network’s Steve Inskeep, and she answered the same way each time. Inskeep noted that she was speaking in the present tense and she hadn’t used the word “never” in talking about her plans. Warren didn’t budge, and eventually retorted, “Do you want me to put an exclamation point at the end?” If she holds to this, Warren is making life infinitely easier for fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton.

▪ “2 percent.” — the total support that Vice President Joe Biden has in a new poll from Monmouth University.

Hillary Clinton had 48 percent in the survey. Biden’s unpopularity is something to behold for a sitting two-term vice president who’s expressed interest in running for the White House. One issue: He doesn’t come across as very presidential.

▪ “The people of our state … over the last decade have said, ‘No,’ to a gas tax increase and have said, ‘No,’ to a sales tax increase.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said in a one-on-one interview with Missourinet. (link courtesy of johncombest.com).

In the interview, Nixon declined to push for toll roads, saying only that they should be discussed. Perhaps he’s waiting for a report this month from the Transportation Department before weighing in more forcefully. The state really does have few options left. Nixon’s leadership will be key to whatever course gets set here.

▪ “We have got water infiltration that is undermining the foundation of the building and it is going to cave in upon itself if something is not done in the not too distant future.” — Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard following a tour with Nixon to inspect the condition of the Missouri Statehouse.

Nixon and Richard are advocates for repairing the building with the governor getting on board in the wake of new legislation this year that provides for more bonding authority to cover such projects. The Capitol in Jeff City is more than 100 years old now. It was built in 1911 after fire destroyed the previous Capitol building. A word of caution: If the Kansas experience is any guide, repairs to the august building will be more costly than initially anticipated.

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