Elizabeth Warren Invokes ‘Washington Outsider’ Status, Denies Presidential Hopes in Web Chat
Elizabeth Warren is a rising Democrat star with big appeal to the middle-and-working classes of America, due to her strong focus on corporate accountability and a tough stance on big businesses.
Indeed, Elizabeth Warren strong consumer advocacy has been to her detriment — the fiery Massachusetts politician was ultimately passed over to helm the newly-created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in favor of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray — but the Dem says that she has been “clear about what [she believes], regardless of how it sits politically,” and that she would not have been a “rubber stamp” for the policies of President Obama.
Elizabeth Warren took questions this week from Bostonites in a web chat, and she spoke about her actions during the housing crisis — a financial setback which still looms large over the American financial landscape. Of that time, Warren recalls wanting far more accountability from Wall Street, the kind of behavior many feel precipitated her benching in favor of Cordray to head up the CFPB:
“When I went to Washington to try to bring some accountability during the financial crisis, I was tough, regardless of party affiliation. I would have liked to have seen the administration be more aggressive in the housing crisis, and I’ve said so in multiple reports.”
Of course, Elizabeth Warren was also asked whether she’s eyeing up the top spot in 2016, and of a potential presidential run, she says:
“This question makes me laugh. I have plenty on my plate.”
Boston.com notes that Warren did not expressly deny intention to run in 2016.