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Warren’s Speech Plays Well At Democratic Convention

Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday. (AP)

Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday. (AP)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Her speeches behind the scenes here in Charlotte this week have wowed the small rooms, leaving those who heard her impressed and enthusiastic about U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. On Wednesday night she spoke in a nationally televised address that organizers viewed as among the convention’s most important.

Just one year ago, Warren had not yet officially launched her campaign for Senate. On Wednesday night, she marveled at how far she’s come.

“I never thought I’d run for the Senate, and I sure never dreamed that I’d be the warm-up act for President Bill Clinton,” she said.

As delegates waved signs that said “Middle Class First,” Warren played up the theme of her campaign against incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown: protecting working families.

“But now, for many years, our middle class has been chipped, squeezed and hammered.”

She also told her personal story and used one of her signature lines, one that’s emblazoned on T-shirts worn by many delegates.

“People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance, they live, they love and they die,” she said. “And that matters because we don’t run this country for corporations.”

These words were hard to hear in the arena because Warren delivered her speech in a quiet voice, in an almost-subdued manner. Much of the address was similar to those she uses on the campaign trail in Massachusetts, but at the convention, she did not mention her opponent. She stuck to jabs at Mitt Romney and praise for President Obama.

“He believes in a country where nobody gets a free ride or a golden parachute,” Warren said of Obama, “a country where anyone who has a great idea and rolls up their sleeves has a chance to build a business.”

At the end, the arena erupted with chants of her name as if she were running president; from every state, they all knew her name.

Massachusetts delegates widely praised her speech. Marilyn Powers said she appreciated that Warren didn’t deliver angry one-line attacks.

“There’s a quiet, peaceful resolution about her that you know she believes in what she’s doing,” Powers said.

The speech played well from Arkansas to Kentucky, where delegate Kay McCollum said she was impressed.

“I’ve heard a lot about her and it was just different to see her,” McCollum said. “I thought, oh my goodness, she wasn’t loud, she was sincere, soft and kind.”

Carol Butler, from Oregon, says she wants Warren in the Senate.

“Oregonians have been watching her throughout this campaign because she’s such a compelling figure and she’s caught the attention of progressives all over the country,” Butler said.

But while Warren has caught attention at the Democratic National Convention, to get to the national stage again she’ll have to win the Senate seat in November. And right now polls show her trailing the incumbent Brown.

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  • Anna

    Elizabeth Warren’s speech was great last night at the Dem. Convention.  Bill Clinton was superior also, but she really did a great job.  She deserved more positive attention from the national media.   Now if she can just beat sexy Brown’s ads, she might manage to beat him.  He looks to be a good guy, but she is a force to be reckoned with and will do more for us.  Go Elizabeth.

  • Susanab

    Elizabeth Warren is sugar-coated poison.  Her whole speech was about polarization: how awful the US is and how she and Barack are going to fix it. Where is her example of a country that gives people more opportunity than the US? 

  • Richard

    We’ve got two very qualified candidates, Warren and Brown, running for the Massachusetts Senate seat. I wish I could say the same about the candidates for the Presidency.

  • Gcrea

    I thought her speech was “OK”, but not great.  Certainly not as good as Duval’s. 

    Her comment about Corporations demonstrates to me that she is anti-business.  I wish the Dems would understand that taxing and over-regulating businesses leads directly to people getting layed-off (or not hired) by those same corporations.  Its pure cause and effect.   

    • Info

       Taxes and regulation are, and have been, laxer than ever in this country, thanks to the efforts of Republican and Democratic leaders, both. And yet, people have been getting “layed” off in record numbers. You might want to reconsider the “cause and effect” connection between your assertion and the reality of the situation.

      “Anti business” is just an empty epithet, like “family values” or “those people”. Talking points are a poor substitute for real understanding and debate.

      • Gcrea

        All I know is that, according to the CBO, the top 10% of earners (myself included) are paying 50% of the taxes in this country.  Isnt that enough?  How much is too much in your view?  60%? 70%? 90%?  If more people paid the taxes (even just a token amount), then they would be much less willing to vote for expanding government.  Everyone needs to have some skin in the game. 

        • minisculio

           This is so weirdly ignorant of basic facts I don’t know how to respond.  Are you aware that people living well below the artificially lowered poverty line–i.e. people who can’t get enough food for their kids to eat–are paying taxes?  If your income is $10,000 a year, that “token” payment is going to make the difference between heating your room in winter and not.  If you can afford a room to heat.  If you must hate someone, find someone who’s done you wrong.

          • Gcrea

            I’m very sympathetic to the plight of the poor, and I give generously to charity (voluntarily, I might add). But I ask again, how much do you want the so-called rich to pay?  The top 10% are already paying 50% of the taxes, and the “rich” are also providing all the the jobs, and the rich are contributing to charities, etc.  How much more do they have to pay? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S65RBEEMYRFYVMJZMRRADQMMAI gardenia

    Scott Brown is just a good looking man.  He still looks like he could pose nude for Cosmo Magazine.  But that’s as far as he goes.  Elizabeth Warren has the brains for the job.  Landslide victory for Elizabeth Warren would be wonderful!

    • Gcrea

      I’m not a crazy person — just curious.  Do you not care about the Native American controversy?  By claiming to be a Native American, she took the slot from a “real” minority candidate.  In my mind, that’s a big problem. 

      • keltcrusader

        Nope, because it is a red herring blown out of proportion to deflect critism away from Mr. Brown, who apparently can’t run on his own record. They have been the ones ballyhooing it up & down.

        Liz Warren is the real deal who speaks for the Middle class and will represent us well with the entrenched powers in Washington. The Republican party hates her because she connects with the average voter and pushes for reforms they don’t want.   

        • The Daily Cannibal

          Ummm…isn’t the current “entrenched power” in DC the Democrats?

          • keltcrusader

            it says “powerS”

      • McKenzie

        What are you talking about? There is no affirmative action system for running for Senate; you get on the ballot in MA just like every other candidate: by signatures, a convention nomination, and a primary.

  • Isobel

    I’m really confused by this sentence from Ms. Brady-Meyerov’s article: “These words were hard to hear in the arena because Warren delivered her speech in a quiet voice, in an almost-subdued manner.”  The words were loud and clear–the loudest in her speech, which was very easy to hear (and I’m hard of hearing!).  Easier than that, e.g., of the president of the UAW.  As all of us who saw it on TV (C-SPAN in my case) can attest to that, why claim it was hard to hear?  Did the author hear it in fact, or just read the prepared text?

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