Hillary Clinton Praises Elizabeth Warren For Holding The Powerful’s Feet to the Fire


In Time magazine’s series of the 100 Most Influential People, former Secretary of State, Senator, First Lady and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren as a progressive champion who never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire, including “presidential aspirants.”

In a piece entitled “Progressive champion”, Ms. Clinton wrote in part:

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.

Clinton touched on Warren’s background, saying she stands for the American dream and fights hard for “hardworking American families like the one she grew up with in Oklahoma.”

This writing is just another way in which we are seeing a different Clinton than we saw in 2008. This is a more populist Clinton, aligning herself with the Democratic party’s move to the left, and also a lighter Clinton.

Clinton’s easy praise of Warren thwarts the attempt of political agendas from both left and right to cause a rift between the two women.

Hillary Clinton’s graceful willingness to accept having her feet held to the fire by a powerful voice like Senator Warren’s is a signal that she feels confident in her positions and positions and is willing to be challenged and engage in vigorous debate.

The two women met in the late 90s when then Professor Warren gave Clinton a breakdown on problems she saw with the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2000. Warren talked about the meeting during an interview on Bill Moyers’ “NOW on PBS” show in 2004. Warren also talked about Clinton’s shift to centrist as Senator.

The 2016 presidential hopeful got her own profile for the Top 100 Most Influential People, written by Laurene Powell Jobs. Jobs wrote that Clinton is revolutionary and yet she has wisdom.

Poking a huge hole in bizarre Republican attempts to paint Hillary Clinton as “old” and “yesterday“, Jobs opened with, “Hillary Clinton is not familiar. She is revolutionary. Not radical, but revolutionary: the distinction is crucial. She is one of America’s greatest modern creations. Her decades in our public life must not blind us to the fact that she represents new realities and possibilities. Indeed, those same decades have conferred upon her what newness usually lacks: judgment, and even wisdom.”

There is something profoundly empowering in Hillary Clinton praising Elizabeth Warren for Times 100 Most Influential People. The media and political interests have tried to put these two very powerful women at each other’s throats, but they have both shown incredible dignity and loyalty while advancing ideas and policy positions over personality.

The media loves to invent a world in which only one of these women can succeed, but Hillary Clinton is offering another possibility — the possibility both women understand. They share a political agenda to help working families, and Clinton knows Warren will hold her feet to the fire. Warren is a powerful and relentless but artful push from the left. In other words, Warren is exactly what Clinton needs in her corner and Hillary Clinton knows it.

This is a Hillary Clinton (or perhaps, a new campaign) who has learned the fine arts of finesse and flexibility. She had almost everything else before her stint as Secretary of State. Now she looks to be a powerhouse of wisdom and revolution, as Jobs claimed.

24 Replies to “Hillary Clinton Praises Elizabeth Warren For Holding The Powerful’s Feet to the Fire”

  1. We need more powerful females in this country & government working for the families, willing to stand against the greedy corporations.
    Good job ladies!

  2. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if President Hillary Clinton could appoint former President Obama to the Supreme Court so we the people would have his calming knowledge to guide us for a long, long time and Elizabeth could be the head of the financial regulations. Imagine Bernie Sanders as Speaker of the Senate! It could all happen if we all get out and vote and rid our institutions of government in the right hands in the voting booth. Take the money influence out of the elections and make the candidates get voted in by their credentials and not big business buying their votes. Clown car politics has got to stop. People like Cruz, Rubio, Jeb, Paul should scare the pants off everyone! These two women have earned their stripes. Good Lord, do we sit home and let women like Joni Ernst lead us? It’s time we castrate the idiots from taking over the asylum! Can we afford 10 more years of Boner and McTurtle? VOTE!

  3. It is “NOW” high time to start legally “SCREWING” (back) these “elite” 1% and their GOP “puppets” who have destroyed so much of nature and mankind, here in the U.S.A. and around the world. Lets all take “OUR” U.S. Govt. back “NOW” before they (the “Elite” 1%) take “total-control” of it and us. It could get a “lot” worse (very-ugly) if we don’t get this taken care of right “NOW”. We have to do this for our families whose lives and futures are “actually” at stake. WE HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE. In my opinion.

  4. phooey, 95% of Clintons funding is from the 1%.

    Hillary trying to co-opt Warren supporters will only succeed with the dumbest ones.

    Hilary is worse than any GOP candidate

  5. Its an assfact. Hillary is the most qualified candidate ever in history. The gotp have nothing but enlarged egos running. They wont win.

  6. Lincoln Chaffee is picking scabs and those scabs need to be picked

    Chafee, a former Republican and former senator, announced he was forming an exploratory committee last week. Chafee’s been differentiating himself from fellow Democratic primary contenders by taking sharp jabs at Clinton, willing to be more critical than would-be challengers former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley or former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb over her vote in Congress to authorize the war in Iraq.

    “That was a moment where the premise for going to Iraq was so false that there were weapons of mass destruction; she didn’t do her homework. We live with the ramifications,” Chafee told CNN’s “State of the Union” over the weekend. “You may say that’s 12 years ago — that’s a big motivator for me running. If you show a lack of judgment, lack of doing homework then, what can we expect in the future?”


  7. Chaffee is cherry picking. If you have to go back 12 years to find something to vaporize on, you aren’t doing your homework. Clutch those pearls! Benghazi!!!

    Warren is clearly stating what her Congressional goals and objectives are. Clinton is waiting for the Democratic party to build its platform, while kneecapping the GOP’s.

    Both are refusing the ‘American Idol’ poll driven rhetoric of corporate media.

  8. Clinton is kissing up to Warren because she knows Warren is a powerful voice in the party. Without Warren Clinton will have a much harder time. I find it interesting that Clinton represents everything that Warren rails against. It will be interesting to see how they “mesh” their positions and past behaviors without looking like hypocrites.

  9. And all the people out there should know that an “assfact” is not worth the toilet-paper that it has been “wiped-on” (no matter what “brand-name” it is).

  10. If you can’t figure it out just by looking around and listening to your neighbors once in awhile than you ought to get out a little more and stop watching FOX news. Get real!

  11. It appears that divide and conquer will not be working in the Republican favor this time around.

    Worse than a Republican? Well then, let’s find out!

  12. What I want from Hilary:
    Vote for me and I’ll vote for you.
    I will do everything I possibly can to work with Congress to raise the minimum wage to $15.00.
    I will do everything I possibly can to make the Affordable Care Act/ Obamacare into Medicare for all, Single Payer – New study: Single payer healthcare could save 1.8 trillion over 10 years http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/06/1229012/-New-study-Single-payer-healthcare-could-save-1-8-trillion-over-10-years
    I will do everything I possibly can to make Social Security for all. Remove the cap and tap the wealthy to support a Social Security program for all. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/04/17/should-social-security-taxes-affect-all-wages/on-social-security-tap-the-wealthy-to-support-a-program-for-all
    And the rest will come easily…

  13. So you are impressed with these two frauds who are unable to be honest about their own backgrounds- Indians, first generation parents… But you despise Sarah Palin who actually is a genuine person who stood up to exploitive businesses, and did make it on her own.

  14. E. Penfield, you actually believe Caribou Barbie made
    her fortune on her own? You sound like people who
    like to play with themselves too much![WINK]

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