Will Sally Yates Run?
Sally Yates is attracting the attention of a Democratic Party desperate for fresh leadership and fixated on standing up to President Trump.
The 56-year-old former U.S. deputy attorney general kindled interest in her political future after she delivered poised, commanding testimony before a Senate subcommittee, during which her Republican interrogators tried futilely to trip her up.
In a memorable exchange, Yates sparred with Sen. Ted Cruz. The Texas Republican, a talented constitutional lawyer who has won several Supreme Court cases, grilled Yates her decision not to enforce Trump’s executive travel ban. She stood her ground, insisting that the Constitution was on her side.
Democrats were still talking about it on Tuesday.
“Yates has an impressive record of public service working under both Republican and Democratic administrations for the past 20 years, and she’s demonstrated courage under fire on a national level,” Democratic operative Ed Espinoza said. “Standing up to Trump and schooling Ted Cruz indicates she has the chops for a rough and tumble political campaign. But does she have the will for one?”