In 1952 I voted for Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower as U.S. president, and he may have been the only candidate in all those years I voted for with enthusiasm.
I remain hopeful, however, and know the kind of candidate I'd like to vote for in 2016.
My candidate would be someone who could talk with bankers and other financial masterminds and know just as much about the intricacies of finance as they do. Someone who'd argue on behalf of all Americans and know when the wrong guys are raking in all the chips.
I'd like a president who grew up relatively poor, but was determined to get a college education and searched the nation for a college that gave scholarships to high school debate champions.
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I'd like a candidate who spent 10 years working on legislation to make bankruptcy laws fairer to those who had lost their livelihood through no fault of their own; and who then was asked to oversee how the money was spent when Congress approved $700 billion to be given banks and financial institutions to keep them from bankruptcy when the economy crashed in 2008. The so-called TARP program was the largest peacetime government grant in U.S. history.
I'd like to have a candidate who fought Congress and the Treasury Department to keep TARP from being a spoils payout to the banks that brought on the crisis.
I'd like a candidate who fought the good fight against huge odds for the public interest and scored some victories.
OK, the fact is, I'd like for Elizabeth Warren to be the candidate. So would thousands of Americans who supported her through the "Run, Elizabeth, Run" website set up a few months ago.
The website shut down in the face of Warren's adamant insistence that she would not be a candidate for president.
Currently, she is leading the effort in Congress against the secret conditions in a trade bill which could hurt American employees even more than NAFTA.
Sen. Warren says supporters of the bill have told her the bill has to be kept secret because "The people would be so against it if they knew."
As a senator, Elizabeth Warren continues to tell the ugly truth about what has happened to the American middle class in the' past few years and explain the changes needed to restore fairness and balance to the economy.
She has written several books, including "As We Forgive Our Debtors," "The Two-Income Trap," and her biography, "A Fighting Chance," published last year and already in need of a new edition this year to provide the reasons why so many believe she should run for president.
There, admittedly, are good reasons Sen. Warren resists being a candidate. First, she has been supported in most of her efforts for consumer legislation by Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate. Warren has not announced her support for Clinton for president, but looking at the reality of the polls, she probably feels Clinton has the best chance of any Democrat to win in 2016.
Warren was elected to the Senate in 2012 when she upset incumbent Scott Brown. So her time in the Senate is as long as Barack Obama's was when he was elected president, but her experience in Washington is much longer, and most of it was spent on issues of importance to the consumer. She has debated with Congress and Cabinet members and even Obama.
She knows the way the game works, which is why she is so scorned -- and feared -- by the big banks and Wall Street managers, who would undoubtedly pour buckets of money into opposing her.
At 66, Warren is only two years younger than Clinton, but seven years younger than Sen. Bernie Sanders, a declared candidate who would support Warren if she entered the race.
The fact is that this presidential race has started 20 months before Election Day. In the past, most major candidates did not announce until about a year before the election, which was too early but that has been extended this year, requiring more campaigning, more money and probably little more enlightenment.
Elizabeth Warren has plenty of time to change her mind about running, plus a lot can happen between now and Election Day in November 2016.
Anyone undecided about a candidate to support should read "A Fighting Chance." It is passionate and funny and tells the story of a girl from Oklahoma who rose to become a Harvard professor, and who was then drafted to become the nation's leading advocated for consumers, bankrupted families, students struggling with loan debt, workers facing the threat of another adverse "free trade" pact.
Even party leaders who urged her to run for Senate against Brown told her she'd probably lose. She finally won by 8 percent, the only woman to win a U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts.
In the months to come, Sen. Warren's name could still be entered in several primaries and she would be a contender.
In the Massachusetts primary campaign, the worst thing her opponents came up with was that one of her great-great grandmothers was a Native American.
She is a partisan, not so much to a political party but in favor of American consumers against the forces that would allow the middle class to retreat from the favorable position it gained in the generation after World War II.
Millard Grimes, editor of the Columbus Enquirer from 1961-69 and founder of the Phenix Citizen. is author of "The Last Linotype: The Story of Georgia and Its Newspapers Since World War II."