Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard law professor who helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced this morning she is running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. Warren joins six other declared candidates in the Democratic primary race, the winner of which will face incumbent Republican Scott Brown in the general election next year. Boston's WCVB has more:
Warren kicked off her campaign working the crowd of commuters at the Broadway MBTA Station in South Boston, introducing herself to commuters during the morning rush.
Although she's never held elective office, Warren does have some name and face recognition among Democratic activists.
Warren chose a T station in a working class neighborhood to kick off her campaign in order to highlight what she said has been her fight for working class people.
Republicans have already branded Warren as a liberal academic from Cambridge whose Harvard ties put her out of touch with working families. They've also mocked her as an outsider whose roots are in Oklahoma where she grew up and not Massachusetts.
WCVB reporter Janet Wu reported on Twitter that Warren "won't say" if she would vote for President Obama's jobs bill, even as some of her would-be Democratic colleagues in the Senate are sounding less than enthused about the proposal.