July 18th, 2014
12:32 PM ET
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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. Silence DoGood

    @Democrat Junk
    Silence Do Good...A country of laws? You must be joking? Have you not been paying attention to President Obamas actions? I wish I could see you and determine which side of your mouth you are speaking out.
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    I was criticizing the obvious lack of Civics 101 knowledge in some of these conservative rants. Executive orders have been used since G.Washington. And some of Obama's were direct requests from the GOP like delaying parts of the ACA. If the GOP legal machine cannot even clarify reasons to "sue" Obama, I don't think there is much to go on. (conspiracy theories don't count)

    July 18, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. sly

    "She claimed with was part Native American to get hired at Harvard; now she says she may be like 1/30th"
    ========
    Republicans are not too bright now are they?

    Math isn't that difficult, and most children learn fractions in 3rd grade. Poor Brenda still hasn't figured out fractions yet ...

    "President Obama claims to be part African American and part European Causcian. But he lies, since he is only 50% African American".

    And they wonder why they get their butz wiped each election. Ho ho ho ...

    July 18, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Joeseph Eclaire

    Is that the best America has ?

    July 18, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Brian

    Warren Great. Warren Sanders or Sanders Warren, Great! No Clinton. If Warren doesn't want Sanders, Biden or anyone else will suffice but not Clinton. Big money and Oligarchs have controlled this country for too long. If Hillary understood the issues and had people best interest in heart, she would abstain from racing and contribute in a not for profit fashion.

    July 18, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Roy

    I would take ANY of these possible Democratic candidates over ANY of the Republican weirdos.

    July 18, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. berniethedog1

    Have we forgotten that this is a woman that lied about being a native american to gain access to Harvard? Or is that just an accepted practice of progressives?

    July 18, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Joeseph Eclaire

    Is this the best America has ?!
    The h-o-mo-s-e-x-u-a-l-s and drug users will no doubt for for her or Clinton.
    But no Democrat in their right minds would.

    Looks like an easy win in 2016 even if the Cons throw up a clown.

    July 18, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Bill from GA

    Texas2140 – " Warren Buffet should run. "

    Yeah. And get his boy Jimmy for VP!!

    July 18, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Toussaint foster

    She's just another knee jerk liberal like Howard Dean. Worse, actually. At least Dean never had delusions of Native American Indian minority status.

    July 18, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    @berniethedog1
    Have we forgotten that this is a woman that lied about being a native american to gain access to Harvard? Or is that just an accepted practice of progressives?
    ------------
    As opposed to thoughtful dialog, thanks for a possible preview to a future Birther group. Nice to know what the ranters will be "wearing".

    July 18, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Republicans are not too bright now are they?"

    Well, they certainly think they are. That being said, read their comments. Warren is either a native American; or she is not. Warren is either going to knock progressives off their rockers; or she is not. Warren ought to run; or she should give up before she starts.

    Apparently the Native American thingy has got them rocking and rolling at their own jokes.

    Sigh.

    I know. I know.

    July 18, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. pjoe

    Humans live, dance, laugh, cry, breath, and die. Thanks Ms. Warren for that wonderful insight. Have you met Captain Obvious?

    July 18, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fair is Fair

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    salty dog
    you feel the need to name call, with arguments like yours, a necessary distraction, your a self contained disaster sweety
    -----––
    TKO salty dog!!!
    Love your posts btw. Keep up the good fight and welcome to the team.
    ----
    The "team"???? Okaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy....

    Speaking of "teams", I hear you reached the varsity squad. Congrats!!!!!
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Well if it isn't one of our regular Usual Suspects too old to be on the rag but acting just as b itchy.
    It appears that Rudy was wrong, you are indeed funny.
    Now go back and work on the hate-filled, willful ignorance aspect of your personality and you will be well on your way to a full recovery Nurse Ratchett...oh but wait, there's still that Rethuglican thingy.
    Too bad. So sad.

    July 18, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Donna

    Red is a very appropriate color for Warren to be wearing. All she is missing is her diamond studded hammer and sickle pin.

    July 18, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. ????

    Do you mean to say that Elizabeth "Pocohantos" Warren wants to run for president?

    July 18, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. smith

    Warren is the next Obama, she is part the ultra progressive group growing inside the democrat party. The Clintons are the moderate democrats and the ones with the power right now. The clintons do not like Obama and Warren and will smash them either enroute to the WH or after they are possibly back in the WH.

    July 18, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. ug

    I was there...do you know how many said this to her...4 people.

    July 18, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    The lunatics are growing in number.

    July 18, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Ol' Yeller

    @berniethedog1 and the other scott walker talking point trolls

    Have we forgotten that this is a woman that lied about being a native american to gain access to Harvard? Or is that just an accepted practice of progressives?

    Elizabeth Warren is from the state of Oklahoma and has a certified Indian Blood degree of 1/32
    The current Chief of the Cherokee Nation in the state of Oklahoma has a certified Indian Blood degree of 1/32

    Please, Haters.... please... if all you have is that weak racist lie that got scott walker handed his walking papers, you really ought to maybe just form you a He-man Woman Hater's Club down at the local park and ya'll can all meet after school and hate on them dum gurls.

    Now go away and let the adults talk....

    July 18, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Republicans are not too bright now are they?"
    ----------------------------------------------------–
    No they're not poor souls.
    All you have to do is read what's posted here by the Usual Suspects: Fair is Unfair, tom l, just asking, Donna and the rest of the rwnj nutjobs to confirm that fact.
    They are mirror images of the crap that passes for Republicans within our government.
    God save us all.

    July 18, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. OCCUPY WALLSTREET

    The people comparing this lady to Obama are clueless.

    This lady is a true progressive.

    Obama was a centrist who kept many of Bush's policies when it came to the financial system.

    Don't expect that from Warren.

    2016 VOTE WARREN!!!!

    July 18, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. betterdays

    An increase in the minimum wage and equal pay for equal work. Unless everyone's wages increase all the way up the chain, I see a conflict there.

    July 18, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    smith
    Warren is the next Obama, she is part the ultra progressive group growing inside the democrat party. The Clintons are the moderate democrats and the ones with the power right now. The clintons do not like Obama and Warren and will smash them either enroute to the WH or after they are possibly back in the WH
    --

    All of them are a clear and present danger to this country and the American people. Progressing towards Socialism and Communism is what their name implies. The name is meant to deceive people, just as Obama has done repeatedly.

    July 18, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Steve

    My hope is for warren to get the nod. As a conservative that may be my only hope to see a republican back in the Oval Office.

    July 18, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Dave in IL

    The same people that wet their pants over Obama are wetting their pants over Warren. In the end, all you have is wet, smelly pants with nothing to show for it.

    July 18, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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