People are ” in love” with Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate that took the stage moments before former President Bill Clinton at the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night.
“Elizabeth Warren [is] kind of a badass,” tweeted one person, as Warren hammered out a speech that bashed the Republican platform and took hits at presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Before her speech even started, supporters were chanting Warren’s name, leaving her baffled, waving to the crowd. Warren gave a special shout out to the Massachusetts delegation, saying she is counting on them to win the Senate election as well as get President Barack Obama back in his seat.
“I never thought I’d run for Senate, and I never thought I’d be the warmup act for [President] Bill Clinton,” she said at the start of her speech late Wednesday night.
Throughout the speech Warren had trouble speaking over the roar from the delegates, as she pitched for the reelection of President Obama.
Warren talked about her struggle as a person coming from a middle-class working family, with parents who supported her and her three brothers—all of which were in the military, she said.
The speech served as an opportunity for Warren to introduce herself to the rest of the nation, flaming her accolades as a mother, wife and working American, and put her name in front of voters who will take to the polls in November and choose between her, or incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown.
Warren didn’t hesitate to use the speech as opportunity to knock at both Brown and Romney’s roles in politics, including mentioning money Romney allegedly stashed away in the Cayman Islands “to avoid paying his fair share in taxes.”
“People feel like the system is rigged against them. And here’s the painful part— they’re right. The system is rigged. Look around. Oil companies guzzle down billions in subsidies. Billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. Wall Street CEOs, the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them,” she said. ” Anyone here have a problem with that? Well I do.”
Not letting Romney off easy, Warren said Obama’s opponent “wants to give billions in breaks to big corporations” and “pulverize financial reform, voucher-ize Medicare, and vaporize Obamacare.”
“The Republican vision is clear. ‘I’ve got mine, the rest of you are on your own,'” said Warren. “Republicans say they don’t believe in government. Sure they do. They believe in government to help themselves and their powerful friends. After all, Mitt Romney’s the guy who said corporations are people. No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts.”
Warren said Obama, however, believes in a level playing field in a country where “nobody gets a free ride or a golden parachute.”
She ended her speech with a phrase spoken by former U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, who made an appearance at the Democratic National Convention four years ago.
Warren drew chants from supporters who drowned out the end of her speech, as cheers tore through the auditorium at the convention.
“Let me ask you, America, are you ready to answer this call? Are you ready to fight for good jobs and a strong middle class? Are you ready to work for a level playing field? Are you ready to prove to another generation of Americans that we can build a better country and a newer world?”