Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren made a pitch to the middle class in her primetime address to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night—and was a big hit with the Democratic faithful, to boot.
Warren, who is challenging incumbent Republican senator Scott Brown, received an extended standing ovation as she took the stage in the packed Time Warner Cable Arena. “Warren! Warren!,” the delegates chanted.
Warren briefly referenced her race in Massachusetts, where’s she’s currently trailing Brown.
“Talk to the construction worker I met from Malden, Massachusetts, who went nine months without finding work,” Warren said. “Talk to the head of a manufacturing company in Franklin trying to protect jobs but worried about rising costs. Talk to the student in Worcester who worked hard to finish his college degree, and now he’s drowning in debt.”
But the Harvard law professor’s focus was mostly national.
“I’m here today to talk about hard-working people,” Warren said. “People who get up early, stay up late, cook dinner, and help out with homework.”
Warren’s message was that American system is “rigged” and only Barack Obama and the Democrats can stop the middle class from being “chipped, squeezed, and hammered.”
“People feel like the system is rigged against them,” Warren said. “And here’s the painful part: They’re right. The system is rigged.”
How is the system rigged? Warren cited “Oil companies [that] guzzle down billions in profits” (the original text of the speech referred to “billions in subsidies”) and Wall Street executives who “still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them.”
“Does anyone here have a problem with that?” Warren asked. The crowd responded with a resounding “Yes!”
“I do, too,” Warren said. “I do, too.”
Warren took plenty of shots at Mitt Romney directly. "Mitt Romney wants to give billions in breaks to big corporations," she said. "But he and Paul Ryan would pulverize financial reform, voucherize Medicare, and vaporize Obamacare."
Warren also spoke about Obama’s belief in a “level playing field” and an America where “everyone is held accountable.” The economy will grow, she said, "not from the top down, but from the middle class out and the bottom up."
“President Obama believes in a country where we invest in education, in roads and bridges, in science, and in the future, so we can create new opportunities, so the next kid can make it big, and the kid after that, and the kid after that,” she said to loud cheers.