CNN hosts 5 Democratic town halls
Sen. Elizabeth Warren did not answer a question asked by a college student on Monday about how she would approach the presidency differently than President Barack Obama, should she win the office.
Instead of noting some of her differences – which she has done in the past on economic issues – the Massachusetts Democrat noted her admiration for Obama, not coming anywhere near answering the question.
“I’m going to take it in a little bit different direction if I can,” Warren said before detailing the facts around the 2008 financial crisis.
“I got in the fight,” Warren said of the push for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. “President Obama signed it into law and he was the one who stood there when everyone else said in his administration throw that agency under the bus and he said, 'No, I’m not going to let this crisis pass and not come away with a consumer agency that makes sure that families ever get cheated again.'"
She added: “I’ll always be grateful to the President for that.”
Warren has previously echoed a frequent liberal criticism of Obama by saying bankers should have been jailed in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, something that did not happen under the Democratic president. Warren did not mention that on Monday.
Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren was a registered Republican, but she said she changed her political affiliation once she saw an eroding middle class under her (now former) party.
In the late mid 1990s, Warren said she was watching what was happening to America's working families and noticed they were in debt.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren detailed Monday why she supports impeaching President Donald Trump, arguing “if any other human being in this country had done what’s documented in the Mueller report, they would be arrested and put in jail.”
Warren argued that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report gave Congress a road map for impeaching the President and “serves up” a moment for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings.
“He serves the whole thing up to the United States Congress and says in effect, if there’s going to be any accountability, that accountability has to come from the Congress,” Warren said. “And the tool that we are given for that accountability is the impeachment process. This is not about politics; this is about principle.”
Warren came out in favor of impeaching Trump after reading Mueller’s report. She – along with former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro – are among the few 2020 Democrats who are in favor of starting impeachment proceedings.
“If you’ve actually read the Mueller report, it’s all laid out there. It’s not like it’s going to take a long time to figure that out. It’s there,” Warren said. “It’s got the footnotes, it’s got the points, it connects directly to the law. But this really is fundamentally -- I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and so did everybody else in the Senate and in the House.”
Warren said she believes each member of the House and Senate should have to vote on whether they are comfortable with what Trump did:
Elizabeth Warren has no intention of being "Hillary'd" in this 2020 presidential primary.
That was the phrase, used as a shorthand by a student asking about sexist attacks, that prompted Warren to recall her successful 2012 campaign to unseat Republican Sen. Scott Brown.
It was a campaign, Warren said, that almost never happened. Democrats were telling her she ought to run, that she'd make a great senator. But most of them were confident Warren would lose, and didn't mind telling her.
"I heard that," Warren remembered on Monday, "as, 'Get in this race, right now.' Which is what I did."
Warren defeated Brown handily, after some controversial early press coverage, continuing an ascent that led her into this 2020 presidential primary -- after being re-elected to the Senate comfortably last year.
The road ahead, Warren continued, looked a lot like what came before.
"So the way I see it," Warren said, "is here we are in a presidential (campaign), and it's the same kind of -- you stay after it every day.
"One might say you persist," she said.
Warren also shared her blueprint.
"Organize, build a grassroots movement, fight for working people," she said. "And that's how I'm going to be the first woman elected President of the United States."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Monday that she will defend law enforcement from violence by pushing gun safety laws.
The answer came in response to a question that noted she had been a “vocal critic of state police” and asked, “How can you assure me that you will support legislation that keeps law enforcement safe?”
“One of the main ways that we could help make our police safer is to get serious about gun safety in this country,” Warren said, noting that the questioner mentioned the shooting of Sgt. Sean Gannon in November.
“We need universal background checks, we need to take weapons of war off our city streets,” Warren said. “Right now, we live in America, where seven children and teenagers will die every single day, where the lives of officers are put at risk. We need, as a country, to step up, to be more responsible, to be willing to push back against the NRA and to put some sensible gun safety laws in place.”
Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to break up tech giants like Amazon, Google and Facebook.
The proposal would impose new rules on certain kinds of tech companies with $25 billion or more in annual revenue, forcing Amazon and Google to spin off parts of their companies and relinquish their overwhelming control over online commerce.
But just because Warren wants to break up big companies, it doesn't mean she doesn't shop with them.
Asked about her last purchase on Amazon, she said it was mailbox.
CNN's Anderson Cooper then asked, "What did they put the mailbox in when they deliver it?
Warren replied, "It comes in a box. It was a box of mailbox."
Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren opened her town hall by detailing her new plan to eliminate the student loan debts of tens of millions of Americans and making all public colleges tuition-free.
The proposal has two parts: "Part one is that we say that we're going to roll back student loan debt for about 95% of students who have debt ... And part two is to make sure that we never get in this mess again on student loan debt and that is to make college universally available with free tuition and fees and to put more money into Pell grants so that students of color, so that our poorest students have real access to college and that we put real money into our historically black colleges and universities." Warren's new plan would forgive $50,000 in student loans for Americans in households earning less than $100,000 a year.
And here's how she plans to make the rich pay for it: Warren said she plans to fund the proposal with "a wealth tax." According to documents provided by Warren's presidential campaign, the plan would impose a 2% tax on Americans whose net worth exceeds $50 million, with an additional 1% levy on billionaires. It does not specifically address marginal tax rates.