Warren 'hopes' Clinton runs in 2016, softens previous criticism
April 27th, 2014
01:04 PM ET
7 months ago

Warren 'hopes' Clinton runs in 2016, softens previous criticism

(CNN) – Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Sunday that Hillary Clinton is "terrific" and she hopes the former secretary of state will run for president in 2016.

"You know, all of the women - Democratic women, I should say, of the Senate urged Hillary Clinton to run. And I hope she does," the freshman Democrat from Massachusetts said on ABC.

But Warren didn't give a firm answer when asked by host George Stephanopoulos if she'd endorse Clinton, the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination, should she launch a campaign.

A tough critic of Wall Street and big banks, Warren's staple as a politician has been advocating for consumers against unfair practices in the banking industry. And though she's adamantly denied plans to run for the White House, she has a large cadre of support among progressives urging her to launch a campaign.

Warren repeats she's 'not running for president'

She's been making the TV show circuit coinciding with the release of her new book, "A Fighting Chance," which talks about her role in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She was a senior adviser under President Barack Obama in setting up the agency before returning to Massachusetts to run for the Senate.

In the past, Warren has criticized Clinton for her ties to the Wall Street world, more specifically for accepting $140,000 in campaign contributions from the banking industry when serving as a senator from New York.

Elizabeth Warren: The system's 'rigged' against middle class

Asked Sunday if she feared Clinton would capitulate to big banks as commander in chief, Warren dodged the question, instead focusing on her own fight for the cause.

"I've made it clear all the way through this book - and really what I've been working on for the last 25 years - that I'm worried a lot about power in the financial services industry," she said. "It's a central issue for me. It's something I'm going to keep talking about. And I'm going to keep talking about it with everyone."

Pressed further on whether she thinks Clinton will fight for Wall Street reforms, Warren again pivoted back to her commitment to the agency and its work.

"I'm going to keep talking about this issue. And I'm going to keep pushing on this issue," she said.

Warren wrote in her previous book, "The Two Income Trap," released in 2003, about Clinton’s support for a bankruptcy bill Warren opposed: "As First Lady, Mrs. Clinton had been persuaded that the bill was bad for families, and she was willing to fight for her beliefs.

“As New York’s newest senator, however, it seems that Hillary Clinton could not afford such a principled position. ... The bill was essentially the same, but Hillary Rodham Clinton was not.”

Warren's latest book softens the tone of that criticism. And despite her reservations Sunday, Warren has been largely supportive of a potential Clinton candidacy. She and a number of senators signed a letter urging the former secretary of state to run.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Chris-E...al

    If Clinton runs it will just be another example of poor choice making by her and the disciples that woship her and wants her to run . It would just be more incompetentcy and no transparency and thats what we needed yesterday and even more tomorrow . If She is really smart she will stand down and move over Hillary would just be more welfare and no jobs and a dem future.

    April 27, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Hillary16.

    April 27, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Hector Slagg

    Aw, Well,
    We have had Liberal Politics the last 100 years. Maybe Warren should worry about the 18 Trillion dollar Federal debt because that is where the real problem is. There is not much need for Consumer Protection when there are no "Consumers"
    A Leopard can't change it's spots and people will do what people do, irregardless.

    April 27, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque

    And why should she give an answer. It is still very early in the game. She just once again proved she is smarter then the person interviewing her. She is not going to put herself in a position of giving any reporter grounds to come back in two years and say "but you said..." This lady is way ahead of the media's games. Wish they were all like this on both sides of the fence. There would be a whole lot less of this "I misspoke" garbage, when what they really mean is "I put my mouth in gear before engaging my brain." Guess what? She is engaged.

    April 27, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. NamejJK. SFL. VOTE THE GOP ANTI-HEALTHCARE PARTY OUT iN NOVEMBER AND THE NEW RNC CHAIRMAN CLIVE BUNDY SHOWING THEIR TRUE COLORS

    She STANDS UP for the middle class ALWAYS AGAINEST the GOP 1%ers . Only IDIOTS and millionaires and oil LOBBIST and the FOUR KOCH CLOWNS vote for the incompetent GOP looking for some more tax breaks at our and the countries EXPENCE!!!!!

    April 27, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Simplefaith

    It is time for a woman to be President. Clinton is tough and is not afraid to stand up to criticism. You go girl. Madam President Clinton.

    April 27, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. J Anthony

    @Hector: the debt is a systemic problem, not a political one If you had a clue you'd understand that. We need to look at the Federal Reserve and the process of currency-creation, which iis in the hands of private bankers, not the government- with the exception of coins,which immake up one/one-thousandth of the money-supply, the government does not create the currency. The Fed does, and the Fed is privately owned and controlled.

    April 27, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Wise to keep her options open. Sen Warren should make a run for the presidency if Hillary drops out.

    April 27, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. God MAY NOT be a Liberal, but He IS a Democrat

    Let me be clear. I want Hillary Clinton in the Whitehouse in 2016. [She can continue Obama`s accomplishment of DRAMATICALLY shrining the nation`s defict]. In exchage, I DEMAND that a 37 year old version of Elizabeth Warren be nominated to the SCOTUS. That`s the price of progressives` support Ms. Clinton.

    April 27, 2014 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Conrad Weiler

    Warren – 2016 – 2020

    April 27, 2014 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Warren might not be a bad choice for president either. She has done a lot for the middle class and she takes no prisoners. The right should be very afraid.

    April 28, 2014 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  12. Get Real

    Could CNN go ONE DAY without the Clinton/Warren saga??? There are WAY better candidates than them.

    April 28, 2014 06:47 am at 6:47 am |