Sen. Elizabeth Warren Not Running for President and Not Taking a DNA Test

By Susan Jones | March 12, 2018 | 5:55 AM EDT

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) (Photo: Screen grab/"Fox News Sunday")

( - Appearing on "Fox News Sunday" for the first time, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced, in response to a direct question, "I am not running for president in 2020."

I have an election right now in 2018, here in Massachusetts, and I'm out there talking to folks all across the Bay State. I just did my 23rd, I think it is, town hall in Weymouth on Saturday, my 22nd on Friday in Springfield.

You know, it's a chance to be out and talk to people. We really have to be in this fight for our democracy as we go forward and it's, you know, it's been an incredible privilege to serve the people of Massachusetts, to go down to Washington and to say, I'm not here to serve the rich and the powerful. I'm not here to fight for an American that works better and better for a thinner and thinner slice at the top.

I'm here to fight for working families like the kind of family I grew up in.

Host John Roberts asked Warren if she would be willing to take a DNA test, as one Massachusetts newspaper has suggested, to back up her longstanding claim that she is part Cherokee Indian.  Her claim prompted Donald Trump to nickname her "Pocahontas," a name that has stuck:

"Would you be willing to take a DNA test to put this issue to rest?" Roberts asked her.

"Look, let's start again, where you started. I'm not running for president," Warren responded. "But let me tell you a little bit about my family," she said defensively:

You know, my mom and dad were born and raised out in Oklahoma, and my daddy was in his teens when he fell in love with my mother. She was a beautiful girl who played the piano. And he was head over heels in love with her and wanted to marry her. And his family was bitterly opposed to that because she was part Native American.

And eventually my parents eloped and they survived the Great Depression, they survived The Dust Bowl. They went through a lot of hard times. They raised three boys, my older brothers all of whom went off to the military. They raised me.

They knocked around and it was tough but they hung together. They hung together for 63 years. I know who I am because of what my mother and my father told me, what my grandmother and my grandfather told me, what all my aunts and uncles told me and my brothers.

It's a part of who I am and no one's ever going to take that away.

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