The Fix: Elizabeth Warren

Everything you need to know from Elizabeth Warren’s new book

Everything you need to know from Elizabeth Warren’s new book

Next week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's much-anticipated book, "A Fighting Chance," will be released, promising to further stir speculation about the rising Democratic star's political ambitions.

We've thumbed through an advance copy of the book -- which, make no mistake, reads much along the lines of dozens of "campaign books" released by politicians of years past. The biographical work, which follows Warren from the rundown Oklahoma house she grew up in to the halls of the U.S. Capitol, is a good read -- and has tons of tidbits that political junkies will love.

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Elizabeth Warren’s not running for president. That shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Elizabeth Warren’s not running for president. That shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) made some news Wednesday when she declared, "I am not running for president and I plan to serve out my term."

That should surprise no one.

While the freshman senator has been the subject of a lot of presidential chatter of late -- including on this blog, where she has been a regular feature on our rundown of potential 2016 candidates -- most of it has been externally driven. For her part, Warren has done little to encourage such talk. In fact, she's kept a deliberately low profile.

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Elizabeth Warren gives liberals the speech they’ve been waiting for (VIDEO)

Elizabeth Warren gives liberals the speech they’ve been waiting for (VIDEO)

Elizabeth Warren’s first eight months as U.S. senator could be described as understated or below-the-radar. But the Massachusetts liberal Democrat’s speech Sunday at the AFL-CIO’s convention in Los Angeles was just the opposite.

Just take a look below at the last 90 seconds of Warren’s speech, in which the freshman senator struck a populist tone, declaring: “Our agenda is America’s agenda. The American people know that the system is rigged against them and they want us to level the playing field. That’s our mandate. That’s what we’re here to do.”

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Why you shouldn't underestimate Elizabeth Warren

Why you shouldn't underestimate Elizabeth Warren

When we first put freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren on our rankings of the 10 Democrats most likely to wind up as the party's presidential nominee in 2016, many people scoffed.

She just got elected! She's not interested in running! It's too damn early! Get off my lawn! (All but that last one is true.)

But, a new Quinnipiac poll proves why Warren would be formidable in 2016 if she decided to run. Using a feeling thermometer -- 0 meaning you feel totally cold about a politician, 100 meaning you feel warmly (aka) strong favorably toward a pol -- Quinnipiac tested the majority of major national figures.

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Elizabeth Warren defeats Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren defeats Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts

Democrat Elizabeth Warren unseated Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Tuesday, winning perhaps the marquee Senate race of the 2012 election.

With 60 percent of precincts reporting, Warren led Brown 53 percent to 47 percent. The Washington Post has called the race for Warren.

Warren is a Harvard professor and is credited as the force behind the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. With her Senate confirmation as head of that agency looking unlikely, she opted to instead challenge Brown.

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Elizabeth Warren raised $12.1 million in third quarter

Elizabeth Warren raised $12.1 million in third quarter

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) continues to set the fundraising pace this election, pulling in an astounding $12.1 million in the third quarter and outraising Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) by more than $4 million.

The total brings Warren’s total haul this election cycle to more than $40 million in about 13 months as a candidate. She has easily outraised Brown — a very strong fundraiser in his own right — throughout the cycle.

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Campaign ads take a turn for the nasty

We’re now just more than five weeks from Election Day, which means it’s time to bring out the big guns.

And by the big guns, we mean the nasty ads.

The Fix’s Sean Sullivan today noted a particularly stark ad in the North Carolina governor’s race in which African-Americans say that Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory doesn’t understand them.

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Joe Kennedy III sails to primary win

Joe Kennedy III sails to primary win

As Democrats gathered for the final night of their national convention in Charlotte on Thursday, the first family of the Democratic Party took another step toward returning to Congress.

Joe Kennedy III easily won his congressional primary Thursday in Massachusetts.

The 31-year-old son of former congressman Joe Kennedy II and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy had a huge financial advantage over two lesser-known opponents and easily grabbed more than 90 percent of the vote. He is a heavy favorite to succeed retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) in a strongly Democratic district.

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What controversy? Warren raised $8.6 million in second quarter

Elizabeth Warren raised the fundraising bar even more in the second quarter, pulling in $8.6 million for her Massachusetts Senate campaign despite a controversy over her past claims to Native-American heritage.

The quarter is the best to date for the Democratic fundraising star, who has consistently outraised Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) since launching her campaign and is one of her party’s top hopes for stealing a GOP seat.

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Assessing Elizabeth Warren’s wounds

Has Elizabeth Warren paid a price in the polls for the ongoing flap over her Native American heritage?


Supporters of Elizabeth Warren cheer after Warren won the delegate vote to become the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate at the Democratic State Convention in Springfield, Mass., on Saturday. (Michael Dwyer — Associated Press)
Survey says: Yes. And no.

Two new polls out this weekend show the former Obama administration official and Harvard professor hanging tough in her race against Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). The race remained a virtual tie in a new Boston Globe poll by the University of New Hampshire and another from Western New England University.

The Globe poll, in fact, showed the exact same two-point lead for Brown as it did two months ago, before the controversy over Warren’s minority claims began.

But a dig a little deeper in the poll shows at least some key voters are turned off to Warren. And in a tight race, that could matter.

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Elizabeth Warren controversy: Drip, drip, drip

The Elizabeth Warren controversy is becoming the controversy that won’t die.


Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren faces reporters during a May 2 news conference, where she addressed questions on her claim of Native American heritage. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
The Boston Globe this morning reported that Harvard University listed the Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate as a Native American for six years in its federal diversity statistics — the latest example of Warren having been labeled a minority by the school.

The difference with this case, though, is that the Globe reports that such designations are almost always based on how an employee identified him or herself. Warren has said that she didn’t know how the school came to identify her as such. Though she had previously described herself as a Native American in law school directories, she stopped doing so around the time Harvard hired her in the mid-1990s.

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The art of the political stonewall

Politicians generally don’t like to answer questions directly. And that goes double when they are talking about something uncomfortable.

The result, more and more, is an on-camera stonewall that would make General Jackson proud.

Case in point: Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate who has faced weeks of questions about whether she claimed to be a Native American to get preferential treatment, has met the repeated questions with a good, old-fashioned, political stonewall.

“I told you: I have answered these questions; I am going to talk about what is happening to America’s families,” Warren says in a video posted this week, repeatedly returning to the theme of the economy as a reporter peppers her with questions on what she claimed and when.

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University of Pennsylvania also listed Elizabeth Warren as a minority

Harvard University isn’t the only one of Elizabeth Warren’s employers to have described her as a minority; so did the University of Pennsylvania.

According to Penn’s 2005 “Minority Equity Report,” it too identified Warren, who taught there from 1987 to 1995, as a minority.

On page 16 of the report, the now-Massachusetts Senate candidate is listed as a winner of the school’s Lindback Award in 1994. Unlike other names listed, though, her name is italicized and bolded to indicate her status as a minority faculty member.

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First quarter fundraising: Winners and losers

While many Americans are busy filing their taxes this week, many politicians were filing their first quarter financial reports last weekend.

Which means The Fix has spent a good portion of the day combing through all the House and Senate candidates’ quarterly financial reports.

We won’t bore you with all the details, but we will give you some highlights. So, without further ado, we bring you our first quarter fundraising winners and losers...

WINNERS
A yard sign calling for voters to "retire" Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) in New Palestine, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

* Elizabeth Warren: The Massachusetts Democrat has become a mainstay on this list. Look at it this way: Her opponent, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), raised more money than any other incumbent last quarter, with $3.4 million, and she raised twice as much as him, with $6.9 million. She has also closed the cash-on-hand gap in a hurry; she trails $15 million to $11 million now.

* Richard Mourdock: With $875,000 raised, Mourdock outdid both his incumbent GOP primary opponent, Sen. Richard Lugar ($820,000), and his potential general election opponent, Rep. Joe Donnelly (D), who pulled in just $312,000 for the quarter.

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Elizabeth Warren and the Red Sox test

In the 2010 Massachusetts special election, Scott Brown’s pickup truck was the epitome of his shocking special election upset. In 2012, the Republican senator has jumped whole-hog on the Boston Red Sox bandwagon.

Brown, who has built a successful political brand for himself as an average guy who happens to be a senator, is now using the Red Sox to reinforce that fact. This week, he’s going up with his second radio ad of the campaign focused on the BoSox. The first thanked longtime players Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield (knuckleballer!) for their long careers with the team, while the second focuses on the team’s iconic stadium, Fenway Park. (Brown’s radio ads have also mentioned the New England Patriots.)

But this strategy isn’t really about Brown; it’s all about his opponent, Elizabeth Warren.

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Elizabeth Warren raises $6.9 million

Former Obama administration official Elizabeth Warren raised $6.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 in support of her challenge to Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown, a massive sum that doubled what the incumbent collected over the same period.
Elizabeth Warren, left, holds up a poster of herself as Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) right, looks on during the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast in Boston, Sunday, March 18, 2012. Warren, a Harvard professor and consumer advocate, is running against Brown who once posed for a centerfold in Cosmopolitan magazine. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Even though Warren has been in the campaign for less than seven months, she has already raised $15.8 million and has about $11 million cash on hand.

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Poll shows Elizabeth Warren trailing Scott Brown by 9 points

Could Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) be showing new signs of life in the Massachusetts Senate race?

A new poll from Suffolk University shows Brown regaining a nine-point lead on former Obama aide Elizabeth Warren — a marked shift from a steady stream of polls that showed Warren moving into a virtual tie with the incumbent.

The Suffolk poll shows Brown leading Warren 49 percent to 40 percent and offers a little insight as to why.

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Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren : The most expensive Senate race ever?

Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren : The most expensive Senate race ever?

The Massachusetts Senate race between Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren has a shot at becoming the most expensive contest in the history of Congress this year.

Brown and Warren have set a torrid fundraising pace thus far, including bringing in about $9 million combined in te final three months of 2011. If they increase that pace just slightly this year — not at all an unreasonable possibility – the Massachusetts Senate race could wind up as the most expensive Senate race ever.

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Elizabeth Warren raised $5.7 million in fourth quarter

Elizabeth Warren raised $5.7 million in fourth quarter

Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren (D) raised a whopping $5.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, her campaign announced today.

Sen. Scott Brown (R) raised $3.2 million for the race against Warren in the past three months — a respectable total for a Senate candidate but one that pales in comparison to Warren’s haul.

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President Obama channels Elizabeth Warren in Kansas speech

President Obama channels Elizabeth Warren in Kansas speech

In a nearly hour-long speech that had a distinctly political feel to it, President Obama borrowed rhetorically from Massachusetts Senate candidate — and liberal heroine — Elizabeth Warren to make his case on the economy in Kansas today.

Warren, who helped Obama create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, drew national headlines earlier this fall when she insisted that “there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own” as a way to rebut charges that Democrats were engaging in class warfare (The video of Warren’s remarks has been viewed more than 807,000 on You Tube.)

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Elizabeth Warren: Obama’s natural heir?

Elizabeth Warren: Obama’s natural heir?

Ever since she formally decided to challenge Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R), Elizabeth Warren has been a national Democratic phenomenon.

She raised more than $3 million in just the first few weeks of cash collection, rang up more than 796,000 hits on You Tube for her pronouncement that “there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own”, and is regularly drawing large number of volunteers to her campaign headquarters almost a year before the 2012 election.

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Elizabeth Warren hit airwaves with first TV ad (video)

Elizabeth Warren hit airwaves with first TV ad (video)

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) is going on the air today in the Massachusetts Senate race with a one-minute biographical ad, an attempt to define the Harvard Law professor and former Obama administration adviser for voters before her opponents can.

It is the first broadcast ad in the race, where Warren will likely face Sen. Scott Brown (R) next November, although conservative super PAC Crossroads GPS went on the air with an ad attacking the Democratic candidate last week.

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Elizabeth Warren raises $3.15 million for her first Senate race

Elizabeth Warren raises $3.15 million for her first Senate race

In just a few weeks, Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren has raised $3.15 million for her Senate campaign — another sign that the Massachusetts race will be one of the most hotly-contested of 2012.

Warren is hoping to face Sen. Scott Brown (R) next fall, who won his seat in a special election in early 2009. A recent Western New England University poll finds her five points behind the senator in a head-to-head matchup, despite being far less well-known.

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Afternoon Fix: Scott Brown takes heat for clothing comment

Scott Brown says “Thank God” Elizabeth Warren kept her clothes on in college, Herman Cain says he wouldn’t be Perry’s VP, and Joe Biden says he sympathizes with the occupiers.

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Democrats get their woman in Massachusetts. Now what?

After months of searching for a top-tier candidate to take on Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) in 2012, national Democrats — finally — landed their pick in the form of former Obama Administration official Elizabeth Warren.


Elizabeth Warren speaks with voters as she campaigns after announcing her candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Framingham, Massachusetts, September 14, 2011. REUTERS/Adam Hunger

Now that Warren is in the race, the question is what kind of candidate will she be?

Democrats insist early returns are promising, noting that Warren was at a “T” stop in Boston at 7 am on the first day of her campaign and kept at it until late at night.

One day, of course, does not a campaign make. And Republicans will work very hard to paint Warren as an out-of-touch Harvard elitist — Warren is on staff at Harvard Law School — who can’t win over the blue-collar Democrats who will likely be the swing vote of this election.

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