Elizabeth Warren to speak at Democratic Convention just before Bill Clinton
July 30th, 2012
09:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Elizabeth Warren to speak at Democratic Convention just before Bill Clinton

(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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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    We are with you Elizabeth

    July 30, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. Mo Adimus

    For Bill Clinton, to have any credibility, he needs to come clean on why he signed the biggest outsourcing agreement in the history of the world: NAFTA, and repent for his affair with Monica Lewinski. Maybe Liz can load up a peace pipe with some pot for prezzy, you know, just to take the edge off.

    July 30, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. What?

    Oh great! Another "rising star"? Isn't that what they you called Obama?
    Rising stars of the new fourth reich?

    July 30, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    as the author of the original "you didn't build that" talking point, I hope she doesn't choose to go there again didn't work so well with the president. Then again she WOULD be facing a brighter audience so maybe it wouldn't go over as bad. They would get the point!

    July 30, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. Darryl

    Elizabeth Warren is a good woman and an asset to this country. Her diresction for the country is a solid one. Her job in Washington is done with perfaction. I hope she stays around a very long time for the better of this country and for all of us here.

    July 30, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. LIP

    I'm betting that Bill is there to do more than pump up Obama. I'm betting that he was selected so he could introduce Hillary as Obama's running mate to not only replace Joe, but to insure Obama's re-election, and to prepare her for the four years to follow Obama if he can win the next four. It's the only way he will be re-elected.

    July 30, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. Larry L

    A lady with real class introduces a magnificent President. We are back on the right track!

    July 30, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  8. Steve- Illinois

    Will they introduce her as the "Native American" candidate for Senate from Mass.??? LOL! There is no end to the hypocrisy for libs!

    July 31, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  9. Bobloblaw

    Excellent for the GOP. Warren is a certified kook and Clinton has a horrible track record when campaigning for other politicians.

    July 31, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |