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Davidsen writes: "'Let's just be real clear - the game is rigged and it's rigged in favor of those who have money and who have power,' Warren said in an interview on 'CNN Tonight.'"

Elizabeth Warren with women senators on Capitol Hill. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Warren with women senators on Capitol Hill. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


Elizabeth Warren: "We Are Not Resting Until at Least 50 Senators Are Women"

By Dana Davidsen, CNN

29 April 14

 

 

lizabeth Warren contends America's middle class struggles against a system that's "rigged" and favors those who wield power in money and politics.

It's a refrain the freshman Democratic Massachusetts senator and former consumer protection advocate repeats often since entering national politics where she is already viewed as a possible presidential candidate in 2016 even though she says she's not running.

It's also the crux of her new book, "A Fighting Chance," released this week.

One of Wall Street's toughest critics, Warren told CNN's Bill Weir the title of the book originated from her fight to level the playing field.

"Let's just be real clear - the game is rigged and it's rigged in favor of those who have money and who have power," Warren said in an interview on "CNN Tonight."

"Watch what happens in Wall Street. If you can hire an army of lobbyists and an army of lawyers then you get what you need out of Washington - Washington will make sure that the rules work for you," she said.

"A Fighting Chance"

Warren, a former Harvard University Law School professor, said her memoir is inspired by her modest upbringing and parents who struggled to make ends meet.

"I think that what I learned very early is that people can work hard, they can play by the rules and then they can take such a financial smack that it just turns them upside down and they can never quite get their feet under them again," she said. "A kid doesn't forget something like that."

Warren was a senior adviser under President Barack Obama in setting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - created to protect Americans from unfair lending practices and bring transparency to financial products - before returning to Massachusetts to run for the Senate.

"A Fighting Chance" chronicles Warren's fight to create the agency - a cause that eventually prevailed after a fierce congressional battle.

Where's she headed next?

So where's Warren, with her legions of loyal, progressive followers, headed next?

Not to the White House.

"I'm not running for president. I'm working right now in the issues I'm talking about in this book. America's middle class has been hammered for a generation now. My life's work has been just to try to level the playing field."

She called Hillary Clinton "terrific."

Clinton's seen as the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race if she runs.

But some have speculated that if Warren were to throw her hat into the ring, the former secretary of state might have a run for her money with the liberal base.

A push for women in Congress

Along with her full-throated support of a potential Clinton candidacy, Warren said wants more women in power, specifically in Congress.

"I'll tell you one thing that is really important to me and that is whatever job I make it to, is to look back and say where's the next women who's ready to move up the ladder and let's bring her up," Warren said, noting that her top aides in her Senate campaign were all women.

"I'll tell you, we're not resting until we get to at least 50 seats in the United States Senate," she said.

 

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+28 # WestWinds 2014-04-29 09:16
I agree with Elizabeth Warren that we need more women in Congress, but I'll never agree with her that Hillary Clinton is "terrific" unless she means terrifically pro corporate and all the things this country does not need.

It's one thing to have women in politics who are there to fight for the best interests of We the People, it's another thing to put women into politics who are no different than so many of the posers, DINO's and DemoRats we already have.

What's the difference between a male shill and a female shill? Short answer: nothing.

I hate to say it, but it just seems like Elizabeth Warren is bending to the old guard in DC when she endorses Shillary Clinton.

I wish she'd stop that because if Elizabeth Warren truly thinks that Hillary Clinton is anything good for this country, then I have to doubt who Elizabeth Warren is... another Obama, who said he was for the best interests of the people then turned around and bailed out the banksters???

I mean, what is up with this?
 
 
+10 # MidwestTom 2014-04-29 10:31
I have to agree with WestWinds, Warren's endorsement of Hillary is the first thing that she has said that makes me wonder who she really is. Hillary is a part of Wall Street and the power establishment. I wonder why Warren would make such a statement if she is truly against the power structure that now dominates both political parties.
 
 
+12 # CAMUS1111 2014-04-29 10:45
OMG! I agree with MidwestTom! Medic!!!
 
 
0 # LAellie33 2014-05-08 17:58
[quote name="MidwestTo m"] Beg to disagree with your "both parties" statement. There is NO comparison to the power structure that dominates the republican/teap arty political regime. They are Money-Corrupt, Devious, Downright Liars who have no regard for the truth or average American lives. They pay homage to the likes of Ted (Joe McCarthy) Cruz, and idiotic Sarah Palin. VOTE DEMOCRAT in 2014.
 
 
0 # munza1 2014-04-29 11:27
What do you want her to say? Hillary is part of the problem a corporate shill.
 
 
+12 # smilodon1 2014-04-29 11:42
Hillary isn't terrific. She's a corporatist like her husband and President Obama. I'm for Bernie Sanders.
 
 
0 # LAellie33 2014-05-08 17:42
Better off voting for Hillary so the lying, fear-mongering, hateful, money-corrupt, self-serving, bastard teaparty/republ icans won't win.
 
 
+1 # Joe Bob 2014-04-30 00:05
You're about as bad as Bill Weir, in this interview when he brings up Witches burned at the stake in MA, and the Bigger Woman's bathroom. Screw the interview, let's make the woman look bad.
 
 
+11 # Charles3000 2014-04-29 10:27
Why not 100 women, Senator Warren? It used to be 100 men....
 
 
+4 # Anonymot 2014-04-29 10:31
Well, there goes my last hope for an intelligent candidate in 2016. Also the last shred of evidence that Harvard and Yale produce superior educations. I might as well vote for Bush or Paul and get this disgraceful period of American history over with.

Had she said "competent" women it would have been different. Just women - Palin, Bachman, Powers, the Rice girls, Albright, and Hillary!!?? Women are Hillary's thing, because that's what she's into, but that my sole hope for someone with more intelligence than ambition just went down the drain with a cheap shot for the women's vote.

Remember Adlai Stevenson's hole in his shoe sole as a symbol of humility and average guyedness? It sank the last brilliant candidate for the American presidency.

It's not what's between the legs, Mrs. Warren; it's what's between the ears.
 
 
+2 # bmiluski 2014-04-29 15:20
"I might as well vote for Bush or Paul and get this disgraceful period of American history over with."

By voting for Bush we are still trying to get out of the neo-con quicksand he threw down. By voting for bush/paul all you'd be doing is adding to the quicksand and this time we might not be able to get out of it.
 
 
+6 # Steve B 2014-04-29 10:44
What a great idea!

Now all we need is for 25 or so Republican male Senators to agree to undergo sex change surgery.
 
 
0 # LAellie33 2014-05-08 17:37
What we really need is for 25 or so republican male senators to be thrown out of office!
 
 
-13 # jojo5056 2014-04-29 11:33
She called Hillary (Rodenhurst Rodham) Clinton "terrific."
No wonder America is a train wreck. Likes of Nancy Dancy Pelosi.Dianne Feinstein Barbara Boxer, just a few obvious country wreckers.
Ms.Warren needs to be more in the kitchen instead of politicks.
I suggest 50% native Indians in congress and Senate instead
 
 
0 # LAellie33 2014-05-08 17:36
You gotta be kidding!!!
 
 
+8 # rblument 2014-04-29 11:54
Although I really like Elizabeth Warren and feel that she is about as good as we get in the US Government, I have some problems with simplistic statements such as needing 50 women in the Senate. Remember, if Sharon Angle had defeated Harry Reid and if Christine McDonald had defeated Chris Coons, we would be closer to that goal but far worse off as a nation. And imagine if John McCain had won, we would have had Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from being President of the United States.
 
 
0 # LAellie33 2014-05-08 17:35
GOD FORBID!!
 
 
+5 # PABLO DIABLO 2014-04-29 12:08
RUN ELIZABETH, RUN
 
 
+3 # nice2bgreat 2014-04-29 12:55
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Notice the 1st question posed to Elizabeth Warren, "What do you say to the argument, I just saw some statistics, that the vast majority of taxes paid, charitable contributions, in wall street, in New York City, comes from that demonized 1%."

The answer is, anyone who gets billions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks, who benefits from public relations, would donate some of that free money, especially when it helps them to receive more free money.

Some of the charitable donations go to causes important to politicians, who then, besides approving tax breaks and subsidies, fill government institutions with corporate-frien dly appointments -- who then set corporate-frien dly policies, run interference on investigations and scope of investigations, minimize penalties and fines -- create legislative loopholes, grant no-bid contracts, legislate retroactive immunity, etc.

And why lump in charitable donations to the framing of the question? Is it because without qualification, the 1% does not pay a majority in taxes?

Also, Elizabeth Warren should be very careful when doing interviews. She is being set up. Everything she says will be used against her.

While there is not too much concern in pursuing equality for women, making it seem as if her agenda is to pink-up Washington -- bringing little girls and ladies rooms -- will be used to show she will not be tough enough as President. Just saying.

Warren will certainly be pressed to show she's as tough as Hillary.
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0 # Khidr 2014-04-29 15:11
Killery Clinton...shill ed for Iraq invasion & death of Sadam, involved with regime change in Libya & death of Khadafhi & is thumbs up for regime change in Iran & Syria. I am afraid Warren does not have what it takes to kill Muslim leaders and people. Also she does not sleep around with Wall Street, Neo Cons/Liberals like the good ole boy Killery does & now that is a resume Military/Indust rial/Wall Street/ Big Media complex love........unl ess we the people wake up and kick those criminals out of office.
 
 
-1 # Cassandra2012 2014-04-29 16:44
blah blah blah blah blah
 
 
0 # eac 2014-04-29 20:41
Great. Let's get a bunch of wealthy and corrupt women into Congress. That'll teach them...

How about pushing for Congresspeople who are honest and incorruptible regardless of their gender?
 
 
+1 # chizables 2014-04-30 13:58
I don't care if the 50 senators are men, women or whatever - as long as they are NOT pro-war, pro-Wall Street, pro-big oil, and pro-deregulatio n.

I can't stand this gender identity politics. I am sure not voting for Hillary just because she is a woman. Actually, I am not voting for Hillary at all.

Elizabeth Warren and Caroline Kennedy do not need to be endorsing Hillary just because she is a woman.

There are plenty of other people to choose from to better represent progressives!
 
 
0 # LAellie33 2014-05-08 17:17
Democrats have a chance to take back the House and KEEP the Senate! That is a MUST! WE CANNOT SHIRK OUR RESPONSIBILITY to uphold the Rights people fought and died for -- THE RIGHT TO VOTE - ONE PERSON=ONE VOTE!!! So, NO MATTER WHAT -- Get to the polls -- and VOTE for every DEMOCRAT (Blue!!) America needs us to end the vicious regime of the "LYING" "FEAR MONGERING" "MONEY-CORRUPT" "HATEFUL" "SELF-SERVING" teaparty/republ ican extremists and Oil-Billionaire Koch brothers. LET'S GET TO WORK! LET'S FIGHT TO WIN! We can't sit this one out! NOVEMBER 4TH 2014 -- For A Democrat Majority House and Senate that REALLY, TRULY Cares About EVERY American's Well-being!
 

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