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Elizabeth Warren Wields Clout on Campaign Trail for Democrats

Elizabeth Warren Wields Clout on Campaign Trail for Democrats
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D- Mass., campaigning for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa. (Steve Pope/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:41 AM

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn't running for re-election this cycle, so she's using her considerable public speaking ability to stump for fellow Democratic candidates, including New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who is fighting a challenge from Warren's former Republican nemesis, Scott Brown.

Warren is just in her second year as senator, and is already being considered by many as a potential Democratic presidential candidate for 2016, although she has insisted she's not running, reports The Washington Post.

But she's considered a liberal standard-holder who may prove a choice for Democrats not interested in Clinton's more moderate views, and even though she's a political newcomer, Warren still holds clout that her party comrades are tapping in to this week.

Until she campaigned against Brown in 2011, Warren had never run for political office. Instead, the Oklahoma native was a Harvard Law School professor who specialized in bankruptcy and who eventually become an activist against big banks' predatory actions. Her work made her famous, then, as a founder of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

This week alone though, she has been invited to rallies in six states, including campaigning Tuesday night in conservative Kentucky with Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Harry McConnell for his seat.

Warren's success is based on her ability with the stump speech, reports the Post. Other Senate Democrats give speeches focused on how their opponents are wrong, but she instead speaks about how she believes Democrats are right.

But that doesn't mean there haven't been rough spots. When campaigning for Shaheen in New Hampshire, she declared that "the people of Massachusetts are not taking Scott Brown."

Shaheen threw in a life preserver, saying "Massachusetts didn't want him, and we don't want him either," but even that gaffe didn't take away from her ability to deliver a stump speech often considered one of the party's best, reports the Post.

One of her key tricks is to say that she and her candidate don't always agree, while shifting back to the one trait Democrats do share: a fight against Republicans.

Her abilities to appeal to the Democratic base are already causing problems for Clinton,
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told Newsmax  this week, saying she's trying too hard to emulate Warren.

"She's trying too hard, and she's not really good at this stuff . . . She is bordering on becoming a caricature of someone from the outside looking in," Priebus said. "If you look at what she's trying to emulate, she's trying to be Elizabeth Warren. It's pretty obvious, and she's trying really hard."

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Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn't running for re-election this cycle, so she's using her considerable public speaking ability to stump for fellow Democratic candidates.
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