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Elizabeth Warren Announces Senate Run Against Scott Brown in Massachusetts: VIDEO

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Harvard law professor and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren announced today she will challenge Scott Brown for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, the AP reports:

Warren was heavily courted to join the race. Democrats have been seeking a major challenger for the seat long held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Hoping to hold on to their narrow Senate majority, Democrats have made Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown a top target in the blue state. Kennedy’s former seat has special significance for Massachusetts Democrats.

Warren was tapped by President Barack Obama last year to set up a new consumer protection agency, but congressional Republicans opposed her leading the office. She worked to set up the agency before returning to Massachusetts this summer.

Watch Warren's just-released announcement video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I have mixed emotions about this. Warren would be the best advocate for the people within the consumer protection agency IF the position was given any clout. That said, she may have realized it didn't have much clout and figured she could do better as a senator who may be able to lead a watchdog committee of some kind in the future if she makes it into office.

    I've always been a huge fan of hers. She has the American people's best interests at heart and is extremely fair-minded.

    Posted by: johnny | Sep 14, 2011 9:10:21 AM


  2. Why would she use GE in her speech just after Obama used them as an example of great business leaders during his job speech. She has a long way to go because Brown is the most popular politician in MA.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 14, 2011 9:15:25 AM


  3. The Dems think they're going to defeat a Cosmo centerfold with a policy Wonk?!

    Good Luck!

    The Dems need a strategist w/ BALLS to deliver harsh news, even to the people that have been most loyal. Don't toss them w/ the trash, but a headliner is a headliner... and a wonk, will NEVER be a headliner.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Sep 14, 2011 9:18:45 AM


  4. I was impressed by her in this short announcement. She seems to have a nice presence and expresses herself well.

    Posted by: Karl | Sep 14, 2011 9:22:53 AM


  5. She's a poor choice in more ways than one. Most MA. voters are sick and tired of squishy, 'liberal' Harvard-types like her. She's going to need the full support of the powerful unions [in MA that means public-sector, like teachers, etc.] to have even a moderate chance. But most people [IMHO] have had enough of the BS coming out of public-sector unions, 'academics', etc.

    Scott Brown is moderate, well liked personally, works hard, keeps a low profile. He'll be hard to beat, ESPECIALLY a retro-PC candidate like E. Warren.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 14, 2011 9:59:09 AM


  6. Johnny, I think it has less to do with clout as vs Repubs swore they never would allow specifically her to lead it. She fought tooth and nail to make sure it does have teeth and clout

    Anyway; good on the run. If she can't lead the agency then she can fight for main street vs wall street from the senate + get rid of that idiot with a pretty face (his claim to fame was being a former model in his younger days) Brown

    Posted by: say what | Sep 14, 2011 10:02:12 AM


  7. Oh and ratbastard is back (or was he max, johnny, whoever under a diff name) obviously with the same tired repub talking points

    Posted by: say what | Sep 14, 2011 10:04:49 AM


  8. She will, of course, loose big time but at least this gives her something to do for awhile.

    Posted by: Perry | Sep 14, 2011 10:24:34 AM


  9. Perry, since you can't even spell the word "lose", you obviously must know what you're talking about.

    Posted by: ohplease | Sep 14, 2011 10:58:13 AM


  10. She has really irritated some powerful rich people. What a creative way to get her out of their hair so that they can go back to business as usual!

    Posted by: Fahd | Sep 14, 2011 11:15:36 AM


  11. Sorry my spelling offended you, "OHPLEASE," but it was a typo resulting from posting on an iPhone. And she will still "lose" big time.

    Posted by: Perry | Sep 14, 2011 11:29:09 AM


  12. I will contribute to her campaign (and I live in FL). Thank God for "retro-PC libs" like Warren!

    Posted by: Christophlorida | Sep 14, 2011 11:45:28 AM


  13. Hope she got a load of those vote totals in "safe" NY-9 last night. Scott Brown will beat her like a drum and retain Teddy Kennedy's old seat.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Sep 14, 2011 12:08:22 PM


  14. My thoughts exactly, Say What!

    Hardly surprising to see one of this site's biggest Republican apologists, Ratbastard, touting Scott Brown as a "moderate" despite the facts that he opposes repeal of DOMA, worked vigorously as a state senator to overturn marriage equality in Massachusetts, once referred to a lesbian colleague's family as "not normal" and, before ultimately succumbing to political pressure, voted three times last year against repeal of DADT. By Republican standards, I guess that does qualify him as a "moderate"!

    Brown is unfortunately the favorite but, if progressives and our allies get out to vote, we've got a shot.

    Posted by: Patric | Sep 14, 2011 12:10:25 PM



  15. You want some of our fabulous 'progressives' Christopher in FL? You can have them. Sure, they champion gay civil rights [I found the whole gay marriage/civil unions aren't good enough, a big unnecessary BS distraction], they will also champion instate subsidized tuition for 'undocumented' immigrants, INSANE levels of mommy dearest anal regulations to control behavior, do NOTHING realistic/constructive to fight violent crime/keep violent thugs off the streets, pass laws that blatantly discriminate against males and the majority population in general. The goofy list of BS 'progressive' causes is endless. And whenever they do gain power, they continue macro economic policies that favor the 'elite' and corporate monopolies and 'too big to fails'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 14, 2011 12:22:38 PM


  16. Her would-be post at consumer affairs was unusually independent and ironically would have stepped all over state consumer affair boards. Usually, CA has the strictest product safety and labeling laws. If a Republican wins and replaces the commissioner then CA regulations would have been tossed aside. Some defeats are for the best.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 14, 2011 12:40:10 PM


  17. Capuano would be a better candidate, IMHO.

    One would hope that since Warren is the annoited candidate of the Dems, she doesn't go all diva about things like Martha Coakley.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Sep 14, 2011 12:52:11 PM


  18. @rat:

    "And whenever they do gain power, they continue macro economic policies that favor the 'elite' and corporate monopolies and 'too big to fails'.

    This quote alone shows you really know nothing about this woman or her policies. She's been an advocate for the common man for more than a decade. You might try to educate yourself on her before shooting off your mouth.

    Posted by: johnny | Sep 14, 2011 12:57:46 PM


  19. Brown is NOT the most popular politician in MA.

    He got elected because Coakley was over-confident and ran a terrible campaign.

    I have faith in Liz Warren and I think she'll be a great Senator who thinks about the people first, and not big corporations.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Sep 14, 2011 2:10:59 PM


  20. If Elizabeth Warren thinks that as a Senator she'll have more power to get things done, she's got a rude awakening in store for her. The political system is liable to be more successful at changing her than she'll be at changing it.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Sep 14, 2011 2:27:43 PM


  21. Regardless of whether or not she wins (I hope she does) Scott Brown is SO going down!

    Posted by: ravewulf | Sep 14, 2011 5:23:58 PM


  22. Scott Brown was elected under the say No wave that hit this country, however that well is drying up. 2012 will be about plans and proposals. Elizabeth Warren not only knows how to come up with both, but has had a major one passed and implemented (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). Republicans like Scott Brown still only know how to say No, and try to roll back laws like the CFPB. While the media will probably give Brown a pass for appearing "Moderate," I have faith that the people of Mass have not been so happy with the results of electing Brown to the seat that Kennedy once held. Warren would be a much better Senator. Go Elizabeth Warren!

    Posted by: Redebbm | Sep 14, 2011 6:55:49 PM


  23. If Elizabeth Warren can't beat Scott Brown in MA then the Democrats are in a LOT of trouble. I will watch this race with great interest.

    Scott Brown is just another rubber stamp Republican. The failed Republican policies of the Bush/Cheney era will be followed blindly into economic oblivion. They almost destroyed the middle class consumer already so it won't take much more.

    Posted by: Hysterical Record | Sep 14, 2011 9:45:21 PM


  24. elizabeth warren fights for financial fairness. wall street bought scott brown.

    Posted by: andnowwhat | Sep 15, 2011 2:30:05 AM


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