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Is Morgan State a presidential battleground?

Submitted photo courtesy of Morgan State University and Office of Elizabeth for MA

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Submitted photo courtesy of Morgan State University and Office of Elizabeth for MA)

The path to the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 may go through Morgan State University.

The university announced Wednesday evening that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, would be its fall commencement speaker.

The progressive lawmaker said last month that she was considering a challenge to President Donald Trump.

But Warren is not the only potential Democratic candidate to have visited Morgan State. Former Vice President Joe Biden gave the university’s spring commencement last year.

Biden leads the Democratic field of potential 2020 candidates with 26 percent of the vote, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll taken after this month’s midterm elections. Warren comes in fourth in the same poll with 5 percent.

Maryland U.S. Rep. John Delaney, who declared last year he was running for president, took in 0 percent in the poll.

In addition to her Senate seat, Warren has been at the forefront of advocating for aggressive consumer protections. She specialized in the field as a law school professor, including at Harvard University. She was also involved in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“At Morgan, we strive to expose our students to an array of thought leaders by bringing some of the most diverse and powerful voices to campus. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is one of the most progressive entities on the political landscape, and what she has to offer in terms of her experiences and leadership is something that is sure to benefit our students as they leave this institution and begin the journey to become leaders in their own right,” David Wilson, Morgan State’s president, said in a statement. “We look forward to receiving Sen. Warren’s message and gaining some positive insights and advice that can be applied now as well in the future.”

The commencement is Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m.


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