2018

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Nobody expected 2017 to start this way. This isn’t the fight we were expecting to fight.

But this is the fight that’s in front of us. And the people of Massachusetts didn’t send me to Washington to roll over and play dead while Donald Trump and his team of billionaires, bigots, and Wall Street bankers crush the working people of our Commonwealth and this country.

This is no time to quit.  

I will fight today, tomorrow, next week, this year, next year and as long as I’m standing to build a future – not just for some of our kids, but for all of our kids. That’s why I wanted to let you know that I am running for re-election in Massachusetts in 2018.

There’s no big, fancy fundraising event or a splashy rally or slick TV ad. None of that because, frankly, we’ve just got too much work to do right now. But I don’t kid myself: the upcoming fights in the Senate – and our campaign in Massachusetts in 2018 – are likely to be uglier and nastier than anything we’ve ever imagined. I’m not taking anything for granted.    

The big banks and giant corporations aren’t lining up to give money for my re-election. In fact, a lot of them would rather see me pack my bags and go home. Nope, I’ve always relied on thousands of people like you chipping in $5 or $10 at a time, knocking on doors, making phone calls, and organizing cities and towns like yours to make our campaign possible – and I need your help again now.

Will you sign up now to be one of the first to fight for our 2018 re-election campaign? Let’s show Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and their powerful friends that we’re ready to fight.

In the weeks and months ahead, we will stand up to the Trump Administration’s racism, sexism, bigotry and hate. We will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African-Americans, Muslims, immigrants, women, and LGBT Americans. Our diversity is what makes our country strong – and on this, there will be NO compromise.

We must also fight for the millions of Americans – from Boston to the Berkshires and all across this country – who bust their tails day after day and who can’t build a little economic security. They’re fed up with an economy and a political system that works great for those at the top, but that doesn’t work for them. So I’m ready to fight harder than ever for debt-free college, raising the minimum wage, protecting and expanding Social Security, investing in our public schools, affordable health care and childcare, securing workers’ rights, and defending Wall Street reform.

We MUST keep fighting for our values. We must prove to Donald Trump and the Republican leadership that when they run this country for the rich and powerful, the American people will hold them accountable.

Representing Massachusetts in the US Senate and fighting for working families here and all across this country is the best job in the whole world and the greatest honor of my life. But I also know this: We fought our hearts out to win in 2012, and I expect we’ll have an even bigger, more expensive fight in 2018.

The smears and right-wing attacks from Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, the Koch Brothers and Wall Street aren’t about to get a little worse – they’re about to get A LOT worse. We cannot and will not allow the Republicans and the powerful interests to sink our campaign the same way they sank so many campaigns in 2016.

You’ve been there for me every step of the way – and I know we’ll be there shoulder-to-shoulder to fight every step of the way ahead.

Help be a part of our next fight to keep leveling the playing field for working families. Sign up now to say you're in.

President-Elect Donald Trump

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This wasn’t a pretty election. In fact, it was ugly, and we should not sugarcoat the reason why. Donald Trump ran a campaign that started with racial attacks and then rode the escalator down. He encouraged a toxic stew of hatred and fear. He attacked millions of Americans. And he regularly made statements that undermined core values of our democracy.

And he won. He won — and now Latino and Muslim-American children are worried about what will happen to their families. LGBT couples are worried that their marriages could be dissolved by a Trump-Pence Supreme Court. Women are worried that their access to desperately needed health services will disappear. Millions of people in this country are worried, deeply worried. And they are right to be worried.

Today, as President-Elect, Donald Trump has an opportunity to chart a different course: to govern for all Americans and to respect our institutions. In his victory speech, he pledged that he would be “President for all” of the American people. And when he takes the oath of office as the leader of our democracy and the leader of all Americans, I sincerely hope that he will fulfill that pledge with respect and concern for every single human being in this country, no matter who they are, no matter where they come from, no matter what they believe, no matter whom they love.

And that marks Democrats’ first job in this new era: We will stand up to bigotry. There is no compromise here. In all its forms, we will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants, disabled Americans — on anyone. Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever.

But there are many millions of people who did not vote for Donald Trump because of the bigotry and hate that fueled his campaign rallies. They voted for him despite the hate. They voted for him out of frustration and anger — and also out of hope that he would bring change.

If we have learned nothing else from the past two years of electioneering, we should hear the message loud and clear that the American people want Washington to change. It was clear in the Democratic Primaries. It was clear in the Republican Primaries. It was clear in the campaign and it was clear on Election Day. The final results may have divided us — but the entire electorate embraced deep, fundamental reform of our economic system and our political system.

Working families across this country are deeply frustrated about an economy and a government that doesn’t work for them. Exit polling on Tuesday found that 72 percent of voters believe that “the American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful.” 72 percent of ALL voters — Democrats and Republicans. The polls were also made clear that the economy was the top issue on voters’ minds. Americans are angry about a federal government that works for the rich and powerful and that leaves everyone else in the dirt.

Lobbyists and Washington insiders have spent years trying to convince themselves and each other that Americans don’t actually believe this. Now that the returns are in and the people have spoken, they’re already trying to wave their hands and dismiss these views as some sort of mass delusion. They are wrong — very wrong.

The truth is that people are right to be angry. Angry that wages have been stagnant for a generation, while basic costs like housing, health care, and child care have skyrocketed. Angry that our political system is awash in barely legalized campaign bribery. Angry that Washington eagerly protects tax breaks for billionaires while it refuses to raise the minimum wage, or help the millions of Americans struggling with student loans, or enforce the law when the millionaire CEOs who fund our political campaigns break it. Angry that Washington pushes big corporate interests in trade deals, but won’t make the investments in infrastructure to create good jobs right here in America. Angry that Washington tilts the playing field for giant corporations — giving them special privileges, letting them amass enormous economic and political power. 

Angry that while Washington dithers and spins and does the backstroke in an ocean of money, while the American Dream moves further and further out of reach for too many families. Angry that working people are in debt. Angry that seniors can’t stretch a Social Security check to cover the basics.

President-Elect Trump spoke to these issues. Republican elites hated him for it. But he didn’t care. He criticized Wall Street and big money’s dominance in Washington — straight up. He supported a new Glass-Steagall. He spoke of the need to reform our trade deals so they aren’t raw deals for the American people. He said he will not cut Social Security benefits. He talked about the need to address the rising cost of college and about helping working parents struggling with the high cost of child care. He spoke of the urgency of rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and putting people back to work. He spoke to the very real sense of millions of Americans that their government and their economy has abandoned them. And he promised to rebuild our economy for working people.

The deep worry that people feel over an America that does not work for them is not liberal or conservative worry. It is not Democratic or Republican worry. It is the deep worry that led even Americans with very deep reservations about Donald Trump’s temperament and fitness to vote for him anyway.

So let me be 100% clear about this. When President-Elect Trump wants to take on these issues, when his goal is to increase the economic security of middle class families, then count me in. I will put aside our differences and I will work with him to accomplish that goal. I offer to work as hard as I can and to pull as many people as I can into this effort. If Trump is ready to go on rebuilding economic security for millions of Americans, so am I and so are a lot of other people — Democrats and Republicans.

But let’s also be clear about what rebuilding our economy does not mean.

  • It does not mean handing the keys to our economy over to Wall Street so they can run it for themselves. Americans want to hold the big banks accountable. That will not happen if we gut Dodd-Frank and fire the cops responsible for watching over those banks, like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. If Trump and the Republican Party try to turn loose the big banks and financial institutions so they can once again gamble with our economy and bring it all crashing down, then we will fight them every step of the way.
  • It does not mean crippling our economy and ripping working families apart by rounding up and deporting millions of our coworkers, our friends and neighbors, our mothers and fathers, our sons and daughters. And if Republicans choose that path, we will fight them every single step of the way.
  • Americans want reform to Obamacare — Democrats included. We must bring down the costs of health insurance and the cost of health care. But if the Republicans want to strip away health insurance from 20 million Americans, if they want to let cancer survivors get kicked to the curb, if they want to throw 24-year-olds off their parents’ health insurance, then we will fight them every step of the way.
  • Americans want to close tax loopholes that benefit the very rich , and Donald Trump claimed to support closing the carried interest loophole and other loopholes. We need a fairer tax system, but if Republicans want to force through massive tax breaks that blow a hole in our deficit and tilt the playing field even further toward the wealthy and big corporations, then we will fight them every step of the way.

The American people — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents — have been clear about what economic policies they want Washington to pursue. Two-thirds of people support raising the federal minimum wage. Three-quarters of Americans want the federal government to increase its infrastructure investments. Over 70 percent of people believe students should have a chance at a debt-free education. Nearly three-quarters support expanding Social Security. These are the kinds of policies that will help level the playing field for working families and address the frustrations felt by millions of people across the country.

The American people sent one more message as well. Economic reform requires political reform. Why has the federal government worked so long only for those at the top? The answer is money — and they want this system changed. The American people are sick of politicians wallowing in the campaign contributions and dark money. They are revolted by influence peddling by wealthy people and giant corporations. When Bernie Sanders proved his independence by running a campaign based on small dollar contributions and when Donald Trump promised to spend his own money, both were sending an important message that they could not be bought. And once again, if Donald Trump is ready to make good on his promise to get corruption out of politics, to end dark money and pay-to-play, count me in. I will work as hard as I can and to pull as many people as I can to end the influence of big money and return democracy to the people.

Donald Trump won the Presidency under a Republican flag. But Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and the Republicans in Congress — and their way of doing business — were rejected — rejected by their own primary voters, rejected during the campaign, and rejected in Tuesday’s election. Regardless of political party, working families are disgusted by a Washington that works for the rich and powerful and leaves everyone else behind.

The American people have called out loudly for economic and political reform. For years, too many Republicans and too many Democrats have refused to hear their demands.

The majority of Americans voted against Donald Trump. Democrats picked up seats in both the House and the Senate. And yet, here we are. Republicans are in control of both houses of Congress and the White House. And that makes our job clear. As the loyal opposition we will fight harder, we will fight longer and we will fight more passionately than ever for the rights of every human being in this country to be treated with respect and dignity. We will fight for economic opportunity, not just for some of our children, but for all of our children. We do not control the tools of government, but make no mistake, we know what we stand for, the sun will keep rising, and we will keep fighting — each day, every day, we will fight for the people of this country.

The time for ignoring the American people is over. It’s time for us to come together to work on America’s agenda. Democracy demands that we do so, and we are ready.

No matter what happens

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The polls just closed here in Massachusetts, and I’m home with my husband Bruce watching returns. I’ll be chewing what little I have left of my fingernails.

But before we find out who our next President will be – and which party will control the United States Senate – I wanted to stop to say THANK YOU.

This has been a long, tough, nasty campaign – and I’m sure most people are just glad that it’s finally over. But I’m proud to be a Democrat in this election. Proud of the debate that Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had in our primary. Proud of the progressive platform that Hillary Clinton and our terrific Democratic Senate candidates fought for to the very end.

Democrats across the country, up and down the ballot, ran on raising the minimum wage. Debt-free college. Protecting and expanding Social Security. Equal pay for equal work. A woman’s right to decisions over her own body. Marriage equality. Common-sense gun reform. Fighting climate change. Overturning Citizens United. Holding Wall Street accountable when they break the law.

That agenda isn’t just a Democratic agenda – it’s an American agenda.  

We always knew that this night and this election wouldn’t be easy. The Republicans spent months underestimating Donald Trump and his disgusting campaign of fear and hate. And Mitch McConnell, the Koch Brothers, and other powerful interests spent literally hundreds of millions of dollars trying to drown our voices and buy the election for their hand-chosen candidates.

But I’m hopeful tonight. I’m hopeful because of the countless people I’ve met in states like New Hampshire, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina, Colorado – and right here in Massachusetts – who have been out there knocking on doors and making phone calls because our democracy is not for sale. I’m hopeful because of the thousands of people who have chipped in $5 or $10 at a time to raise millions of dollars for our Senate candidates to fight back. And I’m hopeful because we have you – and people like you all across the country – who are building a movement for real change.   

I hope that we have an amazing, historic, glass-shattering, majority-grabbing, get-down-and-boogie night of celebrating ahead of us. But no matter what happens tonight, I’m proud of all that we’ve done together. And, starting again tomorrow, we're going to keep right on fighting to level the playing field for working families.


It’s an honor to fight alongside you.

Five years ago today

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Five years ago today, I stood outside the Broadway T station in South Boston at the crack of dawn. I stuck out my hand to as many people as I could, and for the very first time I said: “Hi, I’m Elizabeth Warren, and I’m running for the United States Senate.”

Most people had no idea who I was and probably just wanted me to get out of the way so they could get on to work, but most of them smiled anyway—and a few wished me luck. It was a big day for me.

I never thought I’d get involved in politics. Never.  I’d spent decades as a law professor studying why working families were going broke. Running for the Senate was not on my bucket list, my shopping list, or any other list.

But there was so much at stake. Millions of families were going off an economic cliff, and it was getting worse. Washington worked great for anyone who could hire an army of lobbyists and lawyers, but not so much for anyone else. Could I really sit on the sidelines?

So five years ago today, I jumped in the fight. And here’s the most important thing: I didn’t jump in alone. I did it with people like you fighting right there by my side.

Washington can be a frustrating place. There are a lot of days that I think I may grind my teeth down to stubs. But today, I see more than ever how much government matters.

Congress decides who pays taxes and who gets to run through giant loopholes. Congress decides how much filth companies can pump into the air we breathe or the water we drink. Congress decides if our tax money will go to oil subsidies or rebuilding roads. And at every step in the decision process big corporations and their lobbyists are pushing the interests of the rich and powerful ahead of everyone else.

If we don’t fight, we can’t win – and it’s more important than ever to jump in those fights and level the playing field.

I’ve also learned that there’s a lot of law already out there – if someone would just pick it up and use it. When we push the Department of Education not to renew a lousy student loan company’s contract, we can help millions of kids struggling with their loans. When we question the head of a government agency in a hearing, we remind every regulator that they are there to serve the public, not the industry they are supposed to regulate. And when we fight for expanding Social Security or debt-free college or equal pay for equal work, we change the conversation here in Washington – and we move the needle just a little more in our direction.   

Five years later, I still believe that nobody in this country got rich on his own – nobody.

I still believe in what we can do together. I still believe in how many ways we can help build better chances for our kids and grandkids. And I still believe that this is our moment in history, the moment when we begin to build an even more extraordinary country where everyone gets a fighting chance.

Nowadays at a T station more people ask to take selfies – and now people tell me to “Keep fighting!”

Not to worry – I’ll keep fighting. You bet I will.

It is the greatest honor in the world to serve as the senior senator from Massachusetts and to fight for working families all across this country. Thanks for being a part of this fight.

Stephen Colbert and I talk Trump

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Last night, I went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about one person: Donald Trump.

Because let’s be clear: Donald Trump doesn’t care about helping America’s working families. Donald Trump is interested in helping exactly one person, and that’s Donald Trump.

Sure, he does lots of name-calling and finger-pointing, but Donald Trump isn’t part of the solution – he’s the problem. He’s a guy who inherited a fortune, then kept it going by cheating people – always looking out for himself and no one else.

In case you missed it, take a look at the video of my talk with Stephen Colbert and share it with your Facebook friends:

 

(Click here to watch it on YouTube.)

Electing Donald Trump would be worse than having a fox guard the henhouse. As I told Stephen, it’s like calling an arsonist when your house is on fire.

No matter who you support in the primary, it’s up to all of us – Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, Vegetarians – to say No to Trump and to win back the Senate. 

I'm supporting Kamala

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Barbara Boxer has been my friend and mentor in the United States Senate, and I’m very sorry that we’ll be losing her strong leadership when she retires in 2016.

But it is also true that I’m really excited about what’s in store for California and our country.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is a smart, tough, and experienced prosecutor who has consistently stood up to Wall Street. Yesterday, she announced her candidacy for the United States Senate, and I’m happy to support her campaign.
 
Let’s help Kamala Harris build the grassroots team she’ll need to stand up to the powerful interests and win in California in 2016. Will you help us raise $25,000 for her Senate campaign right now?

Elizabeth Warren - Kamala Harris

Let me take just a moment to tell you what makes Kamala Harris so special.

When the housing market crashed in 2008, California was hit hard. Home prices had shot through the roof, and families that were desperately afraid they might be priced out of housing forever took on big mortgages. But those weren’t just standard, here-are-the-payments mortgages. No, millions of people ended up with mortgages that were loaded with tricks and traps, sold by both big banks and fly-by-night mortgage lenders. When the market collapsed, these people couldn’t pay their mortgages, they couldn’t refinance, and they couldn’t sell their homes.

Attorney General Kamala Harris demanded real accountability from the lenders. She wasn’t intimidated by the big banks. When the negotiations in the National Mortgage Settlement weren't tough enough on the banks, Kamala took a bold move. She said that her job was to protect the people of California, not help the big banks, so she pulled out of the group negotiations and later secured $20 billion in relief for struggling California homeowners. And to help prevent another crisis from happening again, she fought for a new California Homeowner Bill of Rights – one of the most comprehensive sets of foreclosure reform laws in the country.

I worked with Kamala, and I saw up close and personal that she is tough, she is principled, and she fights hard.

We need more leaders in Washington who are willing to fight for a level playing field for working families. Kamala came to Massachusetts to help our campaign in 2012, and I’m doing what I can to make sure Kamala Harris makes it to the United States Senate in 2016.

Donate now to Kamala Harris’s campaign so she can fight by my side for America’s middle class.

No matter what, we fight

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The polls just closed here in Massachusetts, and we're all expecting a long night as the results come in across the country. Before we find out the final tally, I wanted to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank you.

In 2012, you defied the odds, helping a first-time candidate raise money from more small donors than any Senate campaign in the history of this country. You've always had my back, and I've worked hard to always have yours.

But here's what I'm most proud about from that historic campaign: You didn't stop when the polls closed on November 6, 2012. You knew that this was never just about me – it's about fighting for what we believe in.

It's about standing up to the big banks when they break the law, and fighting to help our students getting crushed with debt. It's about protecting and expanding Social Security for our seniors, raising the minimum wage, and making sure women get equal pay for equal work and access to birth control.

It's also about fighting for candidates who will stand by our side in the U.S. Senate. This election cycle, our grassroots supporters pulled together to help raise an incredible $6 million for Democratic campaigns and committees across the country. You raised critical funds that our candidates needed if they were going to have a fighting chance against Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, and all those Super PAC attack ads.

And it wasn't just about the money – it was about our values. I crisscrossed the country to 16 states to fight for the Democratic majority and to talk about who we are as a people, and what kind of country we want to be, and tens of thousands of you volunteered your time to knock on doors and make phone calls.  

We made this about our values and about our democracy. We worked hard to get people to the polls, to encourage those who are losing faith in the political process, to remind everyone that we have power when we vote.

The political pundits wrote us off weeks ago. Shoot, some of them wrote us off months ago. They said the map this year was just too tough – that Democrats should give up and not even try. But when we were up against the ropes, you just fought back harder. You fought for yourself, for your family, and for working families all across the country.   

Change is hard, especially when the playing field is tilted so far against us. But I know that if you don't fight, you can't win – and we fought for every last vote. No matter what happens tonight, be proud of what you've worked for. We're going to keep fighting every day to level the playing field for working families.

James Taylor Concert for Elizabeth Warren

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A crowd of more than 1,500 campaign supporters filled the Colonial Theater last night to hear James Taylor perform for Elizabeth Warren. 

Governor Deval Patrick took to the stage to rally the crowd before the music started.

“We have to make a choice and our choice is Elizabeth Warren.  For a better commonwealth and a better future, we are counting on you,” he told the crowd, encouraging them to get out the vote and work hard in these last days.

Then he introduced, “a son of the Commonwealth, James Taylor.”

The music included the classics, “Sweet Baby James,”  “Fire and Rain,” “Copperline,” and Elizabeth’s favorite James Taylor song, “You’ve Got a Friend.”  In introducing that song, Taylor told the crowd, “You’ve got a friend in Elizabeth Warren.”

Taylor spoke about his time on the road campaigning for President Obama and performed “Here Comes the Sun” as a reflection of his joy in 2008 when Obama was elected to bring an end to the Bush-Cheney years.

Elizabeth came on stage at the end of the event, thanked Taylor, and thanked the audience for their hard work for the campaign. The evening came to a close with a standing ovation for both Taylor and Warren after they performed “America the Beautiful” to close out the event.

These pictures say it all

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Take a look --

More than a thousand people came to Elizabeth's rally in Worcester this weekend.

Incredible, right? But that's just the beginning.

Then our supporters filled a whole church for a rally in Beverly.

And a union hall in Hopkinton.

And a high school gym in Northampton.

I even think everyone in Shelburne Falls -- population 1700 -- showed up to watch the Pats game with Elizabeth at the pub. It was so packed with supporters, she could barely get in the bar!

I want you to know -- even if you can't meet Elizabeth at a campaign stop, your grassroots support is making a difference.

You're the reason why Elizabeth is able to speak to so many people across Massachusetts about what's at stake in this election -- on TV, radio, online and in person.

We've only got 15 more days until the election -- and your final support could be what pushes Elizabeth over the top.

Thank you for all you've done to make this possible.

The Second Debate

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Last night, Elizabeth once again proved why this election presents a clear choice for Massachusetts: between her vision for a strong middle class, or Scott Brown's vision of helping millionaires, billionaires, and big oil continue to get unnecessary breaks.

Watch the whole debate here and share it with your friends on twitter and facebook.

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