July 18th, 2014
12:32 PM ET
2 months ago

Warren greeted by 2016 chants at progressive gathering

(CNN) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren received a standing ovation and chants of "run Liz run" as she took to the podium Friday at a major gathering of progressive leaders and activists.

While the freshman senator from Massachusetts has repeatedly said she isn't running for the White House in 2016, a group titled "ReadyforWarren" was out in force at the annual Netroots Nation conference, held this year in Detroit. As Warren was introduced at the event, supporters from the group unveiled a large "Run Liz Run" banner.

Netroots Nation's to-do list: Get Democrats to polls in November

Warren, smiling, quickly quieted the 2016 cheers, saying, "Sit down, sit down, sit down, come on, sit down."

The senator, a political rock star to many on the left, then proceeded to give a campaign-like address.

In her rousing but brief 17-minute speech, Warren used populist language to paint a picture of America as a land of inequality where "the game is rigged." And she asked the audience to join her in pushing back, saying "I'm fighting back. I'm ready to fight back. Are you ready to fight back?"

Early in her address, Warren pointed to her 2012 election victory over incumbent GOP Sen. Scott Brown, and to her key role during her time in President Barack Obama's administration in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, saying those victories happened in part because of support from progressive activists.

She then spoke out on a number of issues pressing to the liberal base of the Democratic Party, issues that party leaders hope will increase Democratic turnout in November's midterm elections.

Warren called for an increase in the minimum wage, adding that "we believe that no one should work full time and still live in poverty."

And she pushed for income equality, saying to applause that "I can't believe I have to say this in 2014: We believe in equal pay for equal work, and we're willing to fight for it!"

Reacting to the Supreme Court's recent ruling throwing out the Obamacare contraceptive coverage mandate for certain businesses, she said "that women have a right to their bodies, we will overturn Hobby Lobby, and we will fight for it!"

As Warren departed the stage, actor and liberal activist Mark Ruffalo took to the podium.

"Wow, Elizabeth Warren," he said. "I mean, wow."

Warren, Biden and Clinton

On the scene while Warren spoke were trackers from the pro-GOP opposition research shop America Rising. The group, which has been targeting Hillary Clinton, has now put Warren on its radar.

Warren's speech came one day after Vice President Joe Biden touted his "progressive" credentials as he addressed the audience.

"I don't take a backseat to anyone when it comes to fighting some of the toughest progressive battles the country has seen," said the vice president, who is mulling another bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Biden touted his role in helping spur President Barack Obama to publicly endorse same sex marriage, saying he made "no apologies whatsoever" his May 2012 "Meet the Press" interview, which the White House has said pushed the process forward.

He also called climate change "the single greatest challenge to humanity today," and agreed with immigration protesters that the government should stop deporting some undocumented immigrants.

What would cause Hillary Clinton not to run in 2016

Clinton, who is in the middle of a book tour for her new memoir "Hard Choices," isn't attending Netroots Nation. She was invited but conference organizers told CNN that her team "declined is because she's not out on the political scene."

The former secretary of state's seriously considering another bid for the White House, and if she runs, as many expect she will, Clinton would instantly become the overwhelming front runner for the Democratic nomination.

While Clinton isn't in Detroit, an outside group that's urging her to run in 2016 will be there in force. Several members of Ready for Hillary are at the conference, holding a session on how grassroots activists have changed the political landscape, and hosting a party Friday night for Netroots Nation attendees.

 


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soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Hillary16/Elizbeth.

    July 18, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Tommy G

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren received a standing ovation and chants of "run Liz run" as she took to the podium Friday at a major gathering of progressive leaders and activists.
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    HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Well, that surely explains why Hillary Clinton was NOT THERE! Talk about a slap in the face to the presumptive nominee. Looks like Fauxahontas Warren just might have to teach Hillary the same lesson Liar in Chief Obama did!

    Can you say War in the Democrat Party? Yes, I knew you could... Gotta go get some popcorn and watch the mud fight again.

    July 18, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. just asking

    And she pushed for income equality, saying to applause that "I can't believe I have to say this in 2014: We believe in equal pay for equal work, and we're willing to fight for it!"
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    awesome!!! you mean we will all be guaranteed $400,000 a year by teaching one course at harvard like she was?!! you got my vote sista!!

    July 18, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. yolanda

    I hope she runs. Can you say "George McGovern"? Maybe Massachusetts can be The Lone Star State again.

    July 18, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Donna

    Reacting to the Supreme Court's recent ruling throwing out the Obamacare contraceptive coverage mandate for certain businesses, she said "that women have a right to their bodies, we will overturn Hobby Lobby, and we will fight for it!"
    -–

    Is this woman insane? You do not overturn a Supreme Court ruling. Is she saying she will stack the court with far left liberals that are willing to trample our religious beliefs in favor of government mandates to pay for abortions and toxins that cause abortions?

    Besides, this decision had nothing whatsoever to do with a woman's body and what she could do with it. It had to do with who was required to PAY for what she wanted to do with it. Women can still do whatever they damn well please, they just can't expect to force somebody else to pay for it, especially if there are religious beliefs being violated by doing so. Talk about a totally dishonest and deceitful woman. No wonder her Indian name is Lying Dog Warren.

    July 18, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Chris..E.al

    The thing about Warren and most democrats and leftist is that they always call for equal this and equal that until we try to get their job and then your not so equal .

    July 18, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. O'drama ya Mama

    She has no shot of winning in the general election. Its going to be either Hillary or Biden. Her best bet is the VP slot or maybe even a cabinet member but she has no way of gaining Republican votes in the general election.

    July 18, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Warren would need a fashion makeover, though. She reminds me a lot of "Miss McGillicuddy" in her later years.

    July 18, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Say WHAT???

    Where is her Indian headdress???

    July 18, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Chris..E.al

    Amarica sure dont need no Warren . All she does is say ppl cant do things that we already can do ? Snort crazy talk lol .

    July 18, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Me being a progressive, I support Elizabeth Warren 110%. However, I don't know if she has the foreign policy credentials as of yet. But neither did Dubya. He was just wrong on a plethora of things. At least I know Sen. Warren will fight for the little guy and not protect the big banks and the 1%.

    July 18, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    Warren is a straight talker. Very clear on ideas and solutions. I would get behind either Warren or Clinton. We need to keep the country moving forward.

    July 18, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Tony D

    The country is not ready for the first Communist President.

    July 18, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. EldRick

    Progressive = Liberal = Democrat. Let's not try to hide the facts by using politically correct terminology.

    July 18, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Mr. Perfect

    I wish Senator Warren luck in becoming the first Native American President. And believe me when I say that is hard to say with a straight face.

    July 18, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. goblackhawks

    She will knock Hillary out ... Hopefully making way for a REP President - Dr Ben Carson !!

    July 18, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. mannycl

    She should run. It will be another McGovern or worse. Only liberals believe this woman can win a general election with those credentials.

    July 18, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. salty dog

    I didn't see any mud fight, you sound ridiculous, seriously do, and JA, since when are you against someone making a good salary, oh, that's right when that person is a threat to your party (D), I'm going out on a limb here, and suggest you fail to see the hypocracy in that statement, coming from you, and past posts. And I understand that mentality is a must to be a loyal gop, again, you should hear yourselves from here (sanity).

    July 18, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. cary fujita

    The native American Warren has a good chance against the Butcher of Benghazi. And she's better at pandering to the lazy, uneducated, unskilled, and uninformed.

    July 18, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Bill from GA

    Tommy G – ",,, Gotta go get some popcorn and watch the mud fight again. "

    I prefer the +urd-fight between Perry and Paul.

    July 18, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Matt

    It's going to be Clinton/Castro on the dem ticket in 2016, who wants to start placing bets?

    July 18, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. salty dog

    So she's a 1%,, shouldn't she be considered a God?

    July 18, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. are122

    Another give away flake.

    July 18, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – " ...Warren would need a fashion makeover, though. "

    Oh, yeah! She has such a long way to go to catch up with Hillary, fashion-wise. Oh yeah!!

    (That's SARCASM, for any who didn't recognize it)

    July 18, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. salty dog

    Donna, the absolute hypocracy in your post is utterly amazing, do you get it, of course not.

    July 18, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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