03/17/2015 01:02 pm ET Updated Mar 17, 2015

Barney Frank: I Support Elizabeth Warren's 'Intelligent Decision' Not To Run In 2016

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said he fully supports Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's decision not to run for president in 2016.

"I support her very intelligent decision not to run for president," Frank told HuffPost Live on Tuesday.

Frank said people pushing Warren to run "do her a disservice" by encouraging her to step away from her influential role in the U.S. Senate, because "she's a tremendous force for good" there.

"If she were a presidential candidate, she would lose a lot of the credibility she now has," Frank said. "People in the media and others would be discounting her as just one more self-seeking politician."

Former aides to President Barack Obama and the New York Working Families Party are among those pushing Warren to launch a 2016 bid.

After months of denying she was considering a run by saying "I'm not running for president," Warren gave a more definitive answer in a January interview with former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair for Fortune.

"So are you going to run for president?" Bair asked.

"No," Warren replied.

Watch Frank's full interview on HuffPost Live here.



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