During a speech to activists in Atlanta, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) eschewed calls for the Democratic Party to move to the center.

The focus of Sen. Warren’s speech — delivered at the 2017 Netroots Nation gathering of progressive organizers and nonprofits — suggested the popular Democratic firebrand was establishing a bold, progressive vision for Democratic candidates to run on ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. She began the speech by ridiculing a recent op-ed in the New York Times written by a former advisor to Hillary Clinton saying that Democrats should move further toward the political center in order to win future elections.

“Give up, keep your heads down, be realistic, act like a grown-up, keep doing the same old same old,” Warren said, summarizing the tone of the op-ed, quickly adding that “[Democrats are] not going back to the days when a Democrat who wanted to run for a seat in Washington first had to grovel on Wall Street.”

Warren also made references to the multitude of issues progressives are fighting for, from economic justice to reproductive justice, immigrant rights, internet freedom, campaign finance reform, regulation of Wall Street, and others.

However, as Washington Post’s Dave Weigel noted, one of Warren’s loudest applause lines was when she vowed that President Trump’s proposed U.S./Mexico border wall would never be built. She also went on the offensive against her former Senate colleague Jeff Sessions, who is now Trump’s Attorney General, as being “too racist to be a judge in the 1980s.”

While she hasn’t officially announced a presidential bid yet, Warren’s name has been brought up as a possible top Democratic contender to challenge President Trump in 2020. She’s up for re-election for her Senate seat in Massachusetts in 2018.

Read a full transcript of Senator Warren’s remarks by clicking here.


Matthew P. Robbins is an economics reporter for Grit Post covering wages, budgets, and taxes. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his husband and two cats. 

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