Elizabeth Warren Declares War on Mitch McConnell After He Blocked Her Student Loan Bill

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On MSNBC tonight, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) virtually declared war on Mitch McConnell after he blocked her student loan bill. Warren told viewers to donate money to Alison Lundergan Grimes, and announced that she will be going to Kentucky to campaign for the Democrat.

Video of Sen. Warren on MSNBC’s All In:

Warren said she is going to fight back and hold Republicans accountable for the obstruction by going to Kentucky to call out Mitch McConnell on his own turf:

Well, accountability is exactly the right word. I plan on fighting back on this, and I hope that everybody else does too. One way, I’m going to start fighting back is I’m going to go down to Kentucky and I’m going to campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes, . She’s tough. She’s feisty. She endorsed the student loan bill, said she wanted to bring down interest rates for Kentuckians, and so my view is, I’m going to get out there and try to make this happen for her.

I hope lots of people give her money at alisonforkentucky.com. I hope people will support her, because it’s really a way to say Alison is a candidate who’s there for all of us. For trying to make sure that everybody gets a fighting chance. It’s one way to deal with this. I gotta tell you, given what Mitch McConnell’s has been doing in the United States Senate. The way it’s just block, block, block, no, no, no. We get Alison Lundergan Grimes, in there and I feel like she could almost single-handedly get rid of some of the gridlock here in Washington.

Warren is angry, because Mitch McConnell blocked her student loan reform bill, which would have helped 40 million borrowers cut their interest rate nearly in half. The bill came up just short of passage. McConnell had signaled that he intended to block the bill because it was paid for by raising taxes on millionaires.

Sen. Warren isn’t going to take McConnell obstruction for the sole purpose of saying no anymore. She would have supported Alison Lundergan Grimes anyway, but now she seems even more passionate about sending McConnell off into retirement. Warren did bring up an excellent point. The obstruction campaign was designed and is being carried out by McConnell. If Mitch McConnell is no longer in the Senate, it isn’t unreasonable to expect things to run more smoothly.

Make no mistake about it. Mitch McConnell has made a powerful enemy. When Elizabeth Warren tells progressives and liberals to donate, wallets start opening up. McConnell went too far by needlessly blocking the student loan bill, and now Elizabeth Warren will be heading to Kentucky to hold him accountable.

43 Replies to “Elizabeth Warren Declares War on Mitch McConnell After He Blocked Her Student Loan Bill”

  1. Good for her! It’s about time someone got angry at Mr. McConnell and instead of just shouting actually doing something about it. You go, Elizabeth!

  2. Don’t go to Kentucky. That’s playing into the turtles hands. He will say see Grimes is not for Kentucky she has Mass. liberals coming down here to strip you of your way of life or some B.S along those lines. Just don’t do it

  3. mitch is running on one thing at this point. coal. which is dubious… at absolute best. his entire campaign is creating false equivalency between grimes and kentucky’s arch-enemies obama and reid.

    all he’s got left is that kentucky (and i say so living here) is at best “low information”. people don’t understand government and probably couldn’t, even if you played them the schoolhouse rocks dvds at half speed. they love their guns and god and (limited) gubmint when it suits their agenda. red meat is his play and if you look at his facebook page, that’s about his entire mode d’emploi.

  4. I hope Grimes destroys Mitch in November. Warren should also declare war on John Cornyn. Cornyn also obstructed the bill. Warren should also come here to Texas and help out David Alameel’s campaign.

  5. I don’t think it will be an issue for Sen. Warren to campaign there at all. Ask yourself how many citizens in the commonwealth of Kentucky would stand to gain from being able to refinance their student loan debt to get a lower payment. With 1.2 trillion dollars of student loan debt in the US, I’d say this issue is right up there with raising the minimum wage.

  6. Mitch McConnell is a dinosaur of a vastly dying breed. The US government should not be trying to make money off of poor/middle class college students; if the feds need more money, they should start with millionares and billionares; they have been getting away with not paying their fair share since the 80’s. (Thanks for that Ron Reagan!) If Mitch had half a brain, he’d realize that the more educated a population is, the more prosperous it is. Republicans thrive on low-information/uneducated people. Why else would you buy into their BS and frankly discrimanatory treatment of women? Aside from the fact that these fossils continue to be re-elected, they do nothing but set the country back 50 years, while getting a $175K paycheck for LIFE.

  7. She was none too happy yesterday about this and I don’t blame her – especially as I’m one that would be helped by this bill.

    That said, she’s very well-spoken even when she’s angry and she gets her point across very well.

    Quite frankly, I think she’s a nice woman but I would not want to cross her.

  8. What, people in Kentucky actually have student loans, then why do they keep electing Mitch McConnell ? It would seem that getting a higher education would give them sense enough to make a better choice for the Senate.

  9. @Mary James ~ It’s high-time Kentuckians open their eyes and realized that, all these years, McConnell and his wealthy benefactors have been fleecing them and their families. It’s high-time Kentuckians start looking at the candidate who will fight for them rather than against them.

  10. While you may disagree with McConnell remember one thing, the price of education is increasing way faster than any other expense. Multiple times the rate of inflation. One reason for this is the easy availability of student loans. The more money available for the schools to take, the more money they will take. It’s basic economics. This is ruining the future of many college grads who are buried in debt. Decreasing the interest rate will help, but the key is to reduce the amount of easily available money so schools stop raising tuition.

  11. Memo to Village Idiot Mitch McConnell:

    “Hell hath no FURY like a Woman Scorned”.

    First there was One. Now there are Two.

    Next time, Try to Remember that WOMEN are
    54 Percent of the Population.

    Free Clue for the Perpetually Stupid:

    54 Percent is also Called a MAJORITY.

  12. I don’t live in KY, but you better believe I’m donating for Grimes. McConnell’s “agenda” directly affects everyone’s lives and it is imperative that he is ousted. Time for the majority of Americans to be helped, not just the wealthy.

  13. I go one better. If you are qualified College is free for the students. If not then you go to trade school and learn a trade.
    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. – Greek proverb

  14. As a Massachusetts resident, I am so proud of Ms. Warren. I wish her the best of luck in her campaignes against these “Old Fat Mens” efforts to run our wonderful country, and in this effort, ruin it. Please, continue your fight for all americans. Elizabeth, you are wonderful! ! I wish your turn as President would come very soon.

  15. I honestly don’t think she has to put much effort into our state of Kentucky to vote out Mitch. Well over half of us has had it with him and his weasel ways of being the ‘ass’ in the senate.

    Sorry Mitch, I’ve voted for you all that I’m going to over the past years as your plan of attack was genuine. Your message to us has been lost. You have failed those of us who thought you stood for something other than your own worthless greed.

    Mrs Grimes, you have my family’s (extended and own sides) vote! Get that trash out of the senate one loser at a time!

  16. Or maybe you don’t want Warren to campaign in KY because you know that Mitch McConnel will lose. That’s sure what it sounds like to me.

  17. ELizabeth Warren is from Oklahoma, and sounds like it. She won’t come across like a New Englander in Kentucky, but rather more like a fellow Southerner who “gets it.”

    Kentucky is a “taker” state, in other words, a state that takes out more in Federal money than it pays in. In other words, Kentucky is a state which is not in the greatest of financial shape as far as the majority of its citizens is concerned.

    McTurtle represents the moneyed minority, the ones who gloat when schoolchildren get their lunch taken away and thrown in the trash because they don’t have an extra 14 cents to make the payment. Grimes and Warren side with the schoolkids, and while they don’t yet vote, their parents can.

    Theoretically, at least. Mitch and friends do all they can to ensure people exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. Warren will do what she can to remind them to exercise one of those OTHER constitutionally guaranteed rights–namely the right to vote Mitch straight into retirement.

  18. If Warren goes to Kentucky, it will help McConnell, not hurt him. And the fact that he blocked the bill is better than if he allowed it in terms of getting progressives elected.

  19. Warren is needed to WRITE the Laws, not sign them.

    “Senate Majority Leader Warren” has a nice ring to it.

    how about a H.Clinton/Michelle Obama ticket?

  20. Don’t rag on Kentucky. Plenty of educated people here. Same could be said for Texas or Indiana, or any other states that elected machine republicans, or worse, people like Inhofe from Oklahoma who is just plain nuts. I don’t blame the “state” or those who voted against these guys. These guys are pros and do a great job selling fear of [fill in the blank], with ads and marketing bought and paid for by their oligarch masters.

  21. John Rucker – “While you may disagree with McConnell remember one thing, the price of education is increasing way faster than any other expense. Multiple times the rate of inflation. One reason for this is the easy availability of student loans. The more money available for the schools to take, the more money they will take. It’s basic economics. This is ruining the future of many college grads who are buried in debt. Decreasing the interest rate will help, but the key is to reduce the amount of easily available money so schools stop raising tuition.” You CANNOT be THIS STUPID! Or are you a republiCAN’T asshat CONServative t-r-o-l-l? One has NOTHING to do with the other! We are waiting for YOUR apology!

  22. I applauded Elizabeth Warren’s declaration of support for Alison Lundergan Grimes. She is passionate and sincere about helping the poor and middle classes on many fronts. I have no doubt that Warren’s “plain, straight talk” about the damage Mitch McConnell had done to Kentucky as well as to the nation as a whole will resonate with Kentucky voters. I hope and pray McConnell is stripped of his office…to bad he can’t be stripped of all the wealth he’s accumulated because of the way he’s misused that office!!

  23. The problem is not the loan itself. I tried many times to get the payment amount reduced and was refused, though the $100 a month payment was impossible in my circumstances. But, add the unlimited interest and late fees added to it, and a total loan amount of $3300 over 3 semesters, grew to over $17,000 dollars. That is more than 515% of the original loan. None of the payments I made, over the years, including an EITC refund of over $2000, was ever credited to the loan, because, they said, it was not a “voluntary payment”. Of course it was COMPLETELY voluntary, because I knew in advance I would not receive a nickle of that payment in my pocket, but I THOUGHT it would reduce what I owed, so filed the tax refund paper anyway.
    There needs to be an ABSOLUTE, BINDING CAP on interest,fees students have to pay, and a flexible payment amount, based on one’s income. Add the total interest right at the beginning and allow NO increases or hidden charges, and, give full credit for payments ma…

  24. If they got three Republicans, they obviously lost some Democrats. That’s who she should be railing against.

  25. I somewhat agree, especially as I am from a redder section of Massachusetts & saw how poorly she did here (but for many reasons, that)…35% in my town.

    But I was in Worcester Friday night when she spoke at the Mass. Dems Convention, and she really is fired up about this, & so I know that she wants to beat MM.

    I think Alison Grimes should be savvy enough to know how to best use her presence & passion. Raising $$$. Getting the college kids who are affected by this issue as incensed as she is, active & informed.

    Someone else mentioned her Oklahoma accent and I heard it quite clearly Friday night. She does not talk at all like the stereotypical “Massachusetts liberal” with cah pahked at Hahvahd yahd and all, but draws out her a’s, gets close to a drawl at times.

    Maybe best to meet the real person, talking as a real person, than to to have only the caricature I am sure McConnell & the RW, from David Gregory to the teaparty, will try to draw. “Pocahont…

  26. We need Warren to come to Kentucky. We are running out of indians to do reinactments at Fort Boonesboro. They all have seemed to have gone to Washington to rally with Harry Reid at the Redskin’s office. With any luck, there might be a chance to use live ammo this year. Dirty Harry & Grimey Allison would make a good pair.

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