(CNN) – U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will speak in a headlining role at the Democratic National Convention, the Obama campaign said Monday.
A rising star in the Democratic Party, Warren will speak in primetime just before former President Bill Clinton, who will enter President Obama’s name into the nomination.
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Of the prime speaking slot, Warren said, "It will be an honor to share the convention stage with President Clinton on Wednesday, and to talk about what is happening to America's families."
She continued in a statement released by Obama for America, "I grew up in a hardworking family, in an America that was investing in kids like me. President Obama is committed to making sure that America has a level playing field for all our families and to ensuring that every kid has the opportunity to make it. When I worked with the President to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, I saw first-hand his commitment to building a future for our children and our grandchildren. Mitt Romney and the Republicans want to go back to the same policies that broke this economy. It is time to move forward."
Warren will face off against incumbent Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican, in a heated Massachusetts battle for the U.S. Senate in what is expected to become one of the most expensive congressional races this year. Brown is fighting to keep the seat he won in a special election to replace the late Ted Kennedy.
Warren, who served as an adviser in the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is a popular figure in the Democratic Party. Following the 2008 financial crisis, Warren served as chair of the congressional oversight panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, also known as TARP.
The Massachusetts Democrat has received praise from the president himself and has attracted major donors from across the country in her battle for the Senate.
Democratic National Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa applauded Warren's track record on middle-class issues in the same statement.
"At President Obama's side, she helped level the playing field for all Americans and worked to make sure that everyone from Wall Street to Main Street plays by the same set of rules. Like President Obama, Elizabeth is a leader committed to rebuilding the economy from the middle class out, instead of focusing on the top down economics of the past fueled by outsourcing good jobs, risky financial deals and budget-busting tax cuts for only the wealthiest few," said Villaraigosa.
Warren, however, came under scrutiny in May for claiming Native American ancestry, a move her opponent claimed was used as a method for career advancement. Brown's campaign capitalized on the issue for weeks, calling for Warren to answer more questions on the matter and to release documents proving her heritage. Warren denied that acknowledging her heritage alone gave her a leg up and said that she listed herself in faculty directories as Native American to meet similar professionals.
The 2012 Democratic National Convention will take place September 3-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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