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For Clinton, Warren offers historic choice for running mate

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    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks to the Center of American Progress Action Fund in Washington. Warren is being considered as a vice presidential pick for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

BOSTON >> As Hillary Clinton weighs possible running mates, Elizabeth Warren offers a historic choice.

Warren’s got all the fire any Democratic presidential candidate would want in a 2016 running mate. She’s gleefully taunts Donald Trump and she’s a dogged campaigner and enthusiastic ambassador to the party’s skeptical liberal base of supporters.

On the Democratic ticket with Clinton, Warren would also be a bridge to supporters of former rival Bernie Sanders and a second fist through the glass ceiling to the highest offices in the land. Clinton got there first as the lone woman ever to capture a major party’s presidential nomination in the United States.

Two accomplished women on the ticket — which would be a first for any major party — is a prospect that ignited cheers and excitement when the pair clasped hands and raised them high overhead in a campaign appearance in Michigan last month.

Clinton called Warren a “friend” and a “great leader.” Warren, like Clinton a law school graduate, praised the presumptive presidential nominee for “fighting for the people who need her the most” and for having a “good heart.”

Warren has since been asked to deliver a speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

The campaign rally was a triumphant end to a long journey, during which relations between the two were not always cozy.

Warren once faulted Clinton for supporting a 2001 overhaul of the nation’s bankruptcy system that Warren said favored Wall Street.

In her 2003 book “The Two-Income Trap,” Warren — then a Harvard Law School professor — said that while Clinton had been willing to fight for her beliefs while serving as first lady, as a New York senator “it seems that Hillary Clinton could not afford such a principled position.”

“Campaigns cost money, and that money wasn’t coming from families in financial trouble,” wrote Warren, who has described herself as coming from “the ragged edge of the middle class.”

There are other concerns.

Backers of the 67-year-old Warren worry that as a vice presidential candidate she’d have to tamp down some of her more fiery edges, particularly when going after Wall Street and big banks. Then there’s Republican candidate Donald Trump’s nicknames for her — “Pocahontas” and “the Indian,” — references to Warren’s claim of Native American ancestry.

During the 2012 race for the Massachusetts Senate seat once held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, it was revealed Warren had listed herself as having Native American heritage in law school directories from 1986 to 1995. Her Republican opponent, Scott Brown, questioned those claims, suggesting that Warren — who has no documentary evidence of her heritage — was trying to get a leg up early in her career.

Warren pushed back, saying she was told of her heritage from her parents and listed it in the directory to meet others with similar backgrounds.

“I didn’t check a box to go to college. I didn’t check a box to go to law school,” she said at the time.

In the No. 2 spot, however, Warren could wield a bigger bullhorn than she can in the Republican-controlled Senate. And Clinton has begun to adopt some of Warren’s top concerns, including the debilitating cost of student debt.

The Oklahoma native and state high school debate champion initially made her name in politics as a policy wonk. She ran the Congressional Oversight Panel, which monitored the Treasury Department’s handling of the $700 billion bank rescue fund known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program — or TARP.

In 2010, President Barack Obama tapped Warren to oversee the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — an entity Warren had long championed.

“Elizabeth understands what I strongly believe: that a strong, growing economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class,” Obama said at the time.

Senate Republicans, however, viewed her as too critical of Wall Street and big banks to head the bureau, and Obama ultimately chose Richard Cordray as director.

That cleared the way for Warren to challenge Brown. She easily won what would be the state’s most expensive political campaign, with each candidate raising and spending tens of millions of dollars.

The victory helped cement Warren as a liberal hero — a reputation she would cultivate during her freshman term by repeatedly zeroing in on Wall Street.

As senator, Warren pursued a political philosophy of communal responsibility that began to take shape after she married at 19, gave birth to two children and pursued a law degree, eventually teaching law at Harvard.

Warren would make the argument throughout her public life that the society that gave her those opportunities largely doesn’t exist anymore.

It’s an argument Warren famously distilled in a much-viewed YouTube video that helped launch her 2012 Senate run.

“There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own,” Warren says in the video, listing off public amenities like roads and first responders needed for a stable economic environment.

“You built a factory, and it turned into something terrific or a great idea, God bless. Keep a big hunk of it,” Warren adds. “But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

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  • What a perfect team The fake indian, who used the credentials to make her way, and the liar. Dream team for the Democrats, nightmare for the United States. Amazing that Americans would even consider them plausible.

        • lespark..spot on the bringing to light squaw’s hypocritical dealings^5.
          klastri (aka kauai also Kurt on Kauai), boots & the rest of them are probably queasy on posting on this thread because trying to “Defend the Indefensible” is a daunting task lol, but I like to see their posts which gives me some really good laughs! lol

        • Keonigohan – There you are, writing about me again. Obsession – plain and simple.

      • What happen to that big poll lead? She’s spending millions running attack ads to hide her own big time dishonesty, carelessness, deceit. Pandering to minorities with no intention of sincerity. Are the minorities any better after 7 years of Obama?

        • Speaking of pandering…
          “”I will call for white people like myself to put ourselves in the shoes of those African-American families …” end quote hiLIARy
          Un thinkable.

      • No, actually we listen to Killary and Obama. Not being intelligence challenged, we can see through the lies and recognize BS, and smoke and mirrors when we see it.

    • It is getting harder and harder to figure out which of the two is the lesser of the two evils. I have tried and tried, but cant bring myself to vote for either. Congratulations Dem and Repub National Committees for putting the country in a lose-lose situation. If either of you had a halfway decent candidate, they would have won by a landslide. As it is, I think we are all in for a very long four years, and hopefully we can survive it.

  • That would put the final nail in the coffin. Probably wouldn’t bother to vote. Amazing, don’t these people even look at polls at the grassroots level? So, they stuff two insufferable women, one with abysmal credibility issues, and one who can’t shut up.

    Bernie Sanders as third-party candidate!!!! That would guarantee a Trump win. Funny thing is how come Trump didn’t approach Sanders earlier on when Sanders was still vacillating, waiting for Her Highness Hillary’s negotiations on the party platform. Probably because Trump was looking into a mirror adjusting his hairpiece.

  • To get past those doubters of her Princess Pocahontas gene pool, Warren could just take a genetic test under monitored conditions. Would be funny to find out she’s black American and not a Cherokee princess.

  • TARP was a huge political scene. Look at the funds Senator Dan got for for HIS bank–and never paid back. Then there was Barney Frank’s bank. She was against Wall Street and here’s Hillary with $21,000,000 in two years of speeches for WS companies–doesn’t add up–explain, please.

  • This lady is such a liar! Said, “She was told by her parents about her heritage”. Yeah. I too, was told by my parents that the King of Siam was my great, Grand father.lol

    Question?? Why doesn’t the MSM mention that she (like Donald) made money in the Real Estate business.This lady was flipping homes and making big dollars! Such Hypocrites! Yep! This is a Perfect match for Hillary….Two World Class Liars.

  • Clinton got there first as the lone woman ever to capture a major party’s presidential nomination in the United States. “Capture” says it all.

  • After reading the comments, I have to ask, where did all the right-wing Republicans come from i a blue state like Hawaii? Really, how is it you all end up commenting here?

    • If you’ve lived here for any length of time you’d understand the frustration so many have with Hawaii’s “politics as usual” syndrome, and, when given the chance to comment on a national issue, tend to release some pent up cynicism. Couple that with several of our resident “smurfs” posting what amounts to nonsense, and the results become predictable.

    • The DOE. It’s failed Hawaii miserably. Hillary is more of a Republican than Trump is by leaps and bounds. But that is a fact lost on many of them.

      Remember, this is a site full of people who make comments like “pollution is a democrat myth,” [Winston] and “astronomy and geology are religions,” [808] and “why didn’t man get wiped out when the asteroid took out the dinosaurs 6,000 years ago?” [Ronin] and my personal favorite, “Why isn’t Obama stopping the [Texas] floods?” Keonigohan this week demonstrated he doesn’t understand the concept of freedom of speech when he said that denying press credentials for speeches in the same as suing and shutting down media sources the President doesn’t like. ready2go thought that board games were illegal.

      Don’t look for intelligent people here, because for everyone one you do find, there are at least two dozen DOE drop outs. This place has an unmeasurable by man amount of a special kind of dumb.

      • choyd…you still seem to use your tunnel vision as a wide open lens. Why hasn’t hiLIARy held a PRESSER (ALL News outlets)? Last presser held was Dec 2015. And lets not forget CORRALgate….she was walking in the street campaigning lwith a ROPE around her preventing the PRESS from asking questions.
        You should stop your BS….your response to my question…”What has hiLIARy accomplishment that benefited a majority of Americans?”…your response…”hiLIARy was responsible for the Global Sanctions that brought Iran to heel.” WHAT? WOW! Doesn’t make any sense.

      • choyd, friendly advice. Let things go. Rather than dredging up past perceptions peppered with ridicule, respond with positive, supportable, alternatives. There’s few enough Johnson advocates around here as it is, so digressing to useless debates with entrenched opponents only diverts focus from better directed efforts. Challenge Clinton’s gang to defend their choice rather than barrage us with Trump’s shortcomings. Very few of my pro Johnson comments are ever answered. Voters know the truth, but need encouragement to act on it as well. Go Gary!

    • The same reason why so many Democrats wanted Bernie instead of Hillary. Folks can easily see her manipulations and lying. Now, with Warren, we may have two such creatures.

  • With all these crazy people running, and all the media related to bashing each other, how could anyone not vote for the 3rd party? Go Gary Johnson! The only choice to wind back the clock on all this, and regain some of our lost liberties.

  • The democratic process will prevail. In spite of all the name calling and shameful behaviour as demonstrated in these comments I still belive we live in a great society. The majority of Americans are good decent people who prefer not to hide behind the anonymity of the internet and make racist comments (ie, squaw). The majority of Americans can have disagreements or political discourse without having the need to try and belittle one another. The decency of our culture still exists inspite of what a small but loud minority would have us believe.

  • Please, for the sake of the children, teach them that it is a sin to lie. When they see Hillary Clinton on tv tell your children don’t look at or listen to her because she lies.

  • Yes! Hillary! Please run with Elizabeth! What a great ticket!

    Please don’t choose Tim Kane; he’s too middle of the road and boring, too.

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