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.

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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. goblackhawks

    "The country is not ready for the first Communist President" ... it already did .. who is in the WhiteHouse now ... We need a SMART EDUCATED man in the Oval Office - DR BEN CARSON ... not another empty suit

    July 18, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. wilson iyokho

    I would vote for Warren if she decides to run for the democratic nomination. I think she is very sincere ,and she has an enviable personality. Warren, please go for it.

    July 18, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. dc

    The progressives have a big problem with either Lizzy or Hilly and they may not realize it yet. The winner needs to carry independents and in that regard, immigration as an issue is a loser and I think the African-American community is wising up as well. Hilly with the help of Bill (the first black president) may be able to navigate that one a little bit better.

    July 18, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

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

    And, BTW, Rudy, as a progressive leftie Uber-liberal, you are not allowed to judge women candidates on their fashion. That is SOO backwards.

    (As an independent, however, I AM allowed it.) 🙂

    July 18, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Jim

    'Bout time we elect a Native 'Merican as preseedent!

    July 18, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. salty dog

    But 50 voted to appeal the aca was something different all together, lmao. I really enjoy your little rants, this one especially, you go girl.

    July 18, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Jim

    About time we elect an injun as our POTUS!

    July 18, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Democrat Junk


    July 18, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    Donna – " You do not overturn a Supreme Court ruling. "

    Donna, the recent rulings giving corporations the rights of individuals overturns 100 year of precedent.

    July 18, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |

    Obama has been horrible. She would be catastrophic for America.

    July 18, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. just saying

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

    fidel is having health issues but his sister elizabeth warren is available and further left than fidel.

    July 18, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. NativeAmerican

    Wow, you mean the first Native American President? (sarcasm)

    July 18, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Butcher of Benghazi? What does that say for W? 3000 killed due to his negligence on 9-11-2001. Over 50 killed in 15 embassy attacks, 4500 troops killed in his wars, 45,000 wounded in his wars, hundreds of thousands Iraqi civilians killed in his wars. Add on the deaths of those Americans who died without access to health care, and you have the true butcher. But for being brain dead, nice try though.

    July 18, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. sly

    Both Hillary Clinton and Ms. Warren will make excellant Presidents, continuing the exception success of the Obama administration.

    These are great times for America: No wars, record deficit reduction, record stock markets, record housing markets, record 401ks, successful health care for 10 million Americans, soon to be 50 million.

    Thank you President Obama, and let's keep America moving in a progressive direction!

    July 18, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Matt – Putin will get the republican nod for 2016, but I am not sure who his republican running mate will be, since bin Laden is dead, and most of Al Qaida is gone as well. Maybe Huckabee?

    July 18, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Barbara

    I'm from MA and she is nothing but a loser. She said she would help the middle class and we are still getting hammered here in MA.

    July 18, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. truth hurts but reality bites

    For the love of God, not another divisive Democrat pitting one segment against another! Seriously, isn't 8 years of Obama doing that quite enough?! Why do the Democrats ALWAYS try to get us at each others throats by claiming one group is victimizing another group? This leftist insanity is destroying this country. Obama's speech about one America was a total sham, as has been most of his words and promises.

    July 18, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Reggie53

    Well, it seems that democrats are turning their back to Hillary one more time. She should really think of retiring. Democrats are not loyal voters......

    July 18, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. lutherpfloone

    I will vote for anyone who runs except a republican or tea potty

    July 18, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. lutherpfloone

    I will vote for anyone that is not republican or tea potty

    July 18, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Tuch

    If she is anti-Monsanto as well, she's a shoe in

    July 18, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. yolanda

    @Silence, I agree with you that the best way to approach either of them is from behind....see, we do agree on some things. Have a good weekend.

    July 18, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Glenn

    Don't count her out against a weak, weak Republican crowd – of Congress members and others doing NOTHING. I did not think at first she could beat Brown, and we all know she did – to the point he did not want to be at the last debate and nearly was a no show.

    July 18, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. jackm7

    Progressive/Socialist/Communist 2016!

    July 18, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. herchato

    Warren seems to bring out the worst in the republicans, not quite as much as the president though.

    July 18, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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