Hillary Clinton praises Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), whom left-wing activists have been urging to challenge her in the 2016 primary, in this year’s “Time 100” issue.
Warren, whom Time magazine labeled as the “progressive champion,” was named one its 100 most influential people. Clinton, whom the “Democratic wing of the Democratic party” has distrusted because of her ties to Wall Street and crony capitalism, wrote that Warren “never lets us forget that the work of taming Wall Street’s irresponsible risk taking and reforming our financial system is far from finished.” Clinton wrote of Warren:
It was always going to take a special kind of leader to pick up Ted Kennedy’s mantle as senior Senator from Massachusetts—champion of working families and scourge of special interests. Elizabeth Warren never lets us forget that the work of taming Wall Street’s irresponsible risk taking and reforming our financial system is far from finished. And she never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants.Elizabeth Warren’s journey from janitor’s daughter to Harvard professor to public watchdog to U.S. Senator has been driven by an unflagging determination to level the playing field for hardworking American families like the one she grew up with in Oklahoma. She fights so hard for others to share in the American Dream because she lived it herself.
Warren has not been as effusive about Clinton. Though she has repeatedly said that she will not run for president, Warren was less than enthusiastic when asked last week on CBS whether Clinton represented the future of the Democratic party.
“Well, I think we have to see, first of all, if she declares, and what she says she wants to run on,” she said. “I think that’s really the interesting question at this point.”
Progressive leaders, especially those in Congress, want to push Clinton to the left if they cannot field a viable left-wing challenger. They have been successful so far. After announcing her candidacy on Sunday, Clinton immediately attacked CEO pay and hedge fund managers (her son-in-law is one) in campaign appearances in Iowa.