Excerpts: Senate candidate Warren's DNC remarks
September 5th, 2012
08:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Excerpts: Senate candidate Warren's DNC remarks

(CNN) - Elizabeth Warren, a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts, will say in her primetime address at the DNC Wednesday that President Barack Obama "spent his life fighting for the middle class," while GOP challenger Mitt Romney would "hammer" the middle class "with a new tax hike," according to excerpts of her prepared remarks released by the Obama campaign.

Warren, a professor at Harvard and former head of a consumer protection agency under Obama, is seaking to unseat Sen. Scott Brown in a race receiving a significant amount of national attention and money.

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Excerpts of her remarks, as released:

"I grew up in an America that invested in its kids and built a strong middle class.

"That allowed millions of children to rise from poverty and establish secure lives.

"An America that created Social Security and Medicare so that seniors could live with dignity.

"An America in which each generation built something solid so that the next generation could build something better.

"But for many years now, our middle class has been chipped, squeezed, and hammered."

"President Obama believes in a level playing field.

"He believes in a country where nobody gets a free ride or a golden parachute.

"A country where anyone who has a great idea and rolls up their sleeves has a chance to build a business, and anyone who works hard can build some security and raise a family.

"President Obama believes in a country where billionaires pay their taxes just like their secretaries do - and I can't believe I have to say this in 2012 – a country where women get equal pay for equal work."


"Americans are fighters.

"We are tough, resourceful and creative. If we have the chance to fight on a level playing field - where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot – then no one can stop us.
"President Obama gets it – because he's spent his life fighting for the middle class.

"And now he's fighting to level that playing field – because we know that the economy doesn't grow from the top down, but from the middle class out and the bottom up.

"That's how we create jobs. And reduce the debt.

"And Mitt Romney?

"He wants to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires...but for middle-class families who are hanging on by their fingernails?

"His plans will hammer them with a new tax hike of up to $2,000.

"Mitt Romney wants to give billions in breaks to big corporations – but he and Paul Ryan would pulverize financial reform, voucher-ize Medicare, and vaporize Obamacare."


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  1. Really?

    Down with Warren.
    Down with Collectivis/Communism.

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    September 5, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  2. The REAL TRUTH...

    @Really? – REALLY? Check some FACTS pls... Down with tax cuts fro the wealthy, down with plutocracy!

    September 5, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    The fine people of Mass. should elect Elizabeth Warren as their next US Senator after that fine speech. Sen Scott Brown is toast!

    September 6, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  4. Lmb

    I hope this intelligent woman has a successful career in politics. She would bring common sense and high values to any position. We need more women like her in politics!

    September 6, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  5. bcrunner

    She is fantastic!! Her speech was right on!!

    September 6, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  6. AlphaCentauri

    Correction, Scott Brown.

    September 6, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  7. enuff

    Oh no... not another woman with a mind of her own.... speaking at (gasp!) a political convention!

    September 6, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  8. GuyinVA

    In a brief interview after her speech, Ms. Warren was quoted as saying "Heap big pale face Mitt Romney speak'm with forked tongue."

    September 6, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  9. Bessy

    @Really-You REALLY are a sick-o. Why don't you educate yourself, at least a little bit, before you blog, and stop making an a– out of yourself.

    September 6, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  10. J.V.Hodgson

    Really, really; did you actually listen to her speech. More correctly maybe you did but you clearly have absolutely zero understanding of the meaning of COMMUNISM or COLLECTIVis by which I assume you mean ISM.
    If her speech represents Communism or Collectivism there is only one problem. She would be in jail for her speech as being anti communistic!! In any truly communist state anywhere in the world.
    She painted you for what you REALLY were and remain REALLY supporting: –
    AN EXTREMELY GREEDY AND UNSUSTAINABLE FORM OF CAPITALISM.
    That truth obviously hurt whatever sensibilities you have and causes the usual outrageous over-re-action from Republicans like you.
    Her major contribution was the Consumer protections in the Dodd Frank bill. the question is " Were those new laws fair, reasonable, and just to all Americans = credit card holders and banks who act on behalf of shareholders??
    Whether she is a Communist, Republican or Democrat is in that sense totally irrelevant!!
    Shall we have a debate or demagoguery and bigotry ala the last 3.5 years.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    September 6, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Warren is such a smart witty woman. I hope MA voters wake up.

    September 6, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  12. Dr Olu Bamgbade

    Elizabeth Warren will be good for the US senate and for the US people: good luck to her.

    September 6, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    Warren did wonderful. I vote for her.

    September 6, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |