In 2010, Tea Party momentum won Republican Scott Brown the special election to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Two years later, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren can win the Massachusetts seat back for Democrats.
While Brown campaigns as a moderate, Warren focuses on his record on women’s issues, including voting against equal pay for equal work; voting for the Blunt amendment to limit women’s access to birth control; and his support of Mitt Romney, who opposes funding for Planned Parenthood.
As senator, Warren promises to focus on fighting for middle-class families, protecting taxpayers and holding Wall Street accountable.
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, chaired the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program
Dubbed the “New Sheriff of Wall Street” by TIME Magazine
If elected, priorities include: ending special tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, cutting subsidies to Big Oil, saving money on defense
Why We Like Her: Credited with the creation of a new consumer financial protection agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Warren led efforts to protect consumers from the financial tricks and traps often hidden in mortgages, credit cards and other financial products.
Candidate Quote: “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own – nobody. … You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless – keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”