Liberals assess 2016 race as Clinton weighs bid

Former first lady is getting elbowed by other members of her party
Associated Press
Jul 16, 2014

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a group of young Democrats Wednesday that the political system was "rigged" by powerful lobbyists and the wealthy and made an impassioned case for reducing burdensome student loans. Vice President Joe Biden said he had been on the front lines of debates over income inequality, climate change and gay marriage.

"I've been at the center of most progressive battles for a long, long time," Biden said, in a lengthy speech to Generation Progress. He heard shouts of "We love Joe," as he exited the stage.

Hillary Rodham Clinton remains the dominant figure in Democrats' early 2016 discussions but she is beginning to get elbowed by liberals in her party as she considers a second run for the presidency. Potential 2016 rivals like Biden, Warren and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley are in the middle of a summertime tour of Democratic constituencies, frequently appealing to liberal activists who want a more populist approach to the economy and question the deporting of an influx of immigrant children from Central America.

Clinton, who dominates early 2016 polls, may avoid a significant primary challenge if she runs for president. Biden has kept all options open, Warren has repeatedly denied interest, while O'Malley promotes his record in Maryland as a model in the party and is actively exploring a campaign. But the jousting shows an interest in an alternative, and preparations in the event Clinton doesn't run.

"Ongoing current events give her potential opponents an opportunity to position themselves in contrast to her," said Democratic strategist Tom McMahon.

Biden, who will address the liberal Netroots Nation conference in Detroit later this week along with Warren, noted his role as a leading advocate for President Barack Obama's agenda in a wide-ranging speech that touched upon issues like domestic violence, voting rights and the problems of corrosive politics.

Biden said he's often referred to as "middle class Joe," telling the students that the economic bargain of years past had been broken and needed to be restored.

"Folks in the middle, they need to be cut into the deal, not cut out," Biden said. "The folks at the bottom need to know that they have the chance to climb the ladder."

Biden has maintained ties to the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and projects a blue-collar image in contrast to the former first lady's recent stumbles over discussions of her family's wealth.

Warren has become a hero of the party's economic populists, railing against high student loan debt at a time when Clinton has received six-figure speaking fees on college campuses. She passes them along to her family's foundation.

In her speech, Warren detailed "how Washington is a rigged game" and said her bill to help students refinance their college loans at lower rates had been blocked by Senate Republicans and she cast blame on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

"Our voices matter and it's time to use them. Together that's how we make sure that our government works," Warren said.

Warren has turned into a go-to surrogate for Senate candidates, campaigning for Democrats in Oregon, Kentucky and West Virginia. She planned to raise money for Rep. Gary Peters, who is seeking Michigan's open Senate seat, during her trip to Detroit for Netroots Nation and was ending the week in Los Angeles at the National Council of La Raza, where immigration will be a leading topic.

O'Malley has made trips to Iowa and New Hampshire in the past month and notably distanced himself from both Clinton and Obama on the crisis along the Mexican border.

"We are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death," O'Malley told reporters in Nashville, Tennessee, during a weekend meeting of the National Governors Association.

Clinton cited the need to reunite the children with their families but said during a CNN forum in June that the U.S. needed to "send a clear message: Just because your child gets across the border doesn't mean your child gets to stay."

During her book tour, Clinton has frequently cited the economic struggles of many Americans who have yet to partake in the recovery and pointed to the broad-based growth in jobs during her husband's two terms in the White House. In an interview with German news magazine Der Spiegel, Clinton said the work of Thomas Piketty, the economist and best-selling author, showed that income inequality was "threatening to democracy."

That message could help her connect with liberals, who have been wary of her ties to Wall Street and the corporate support of the Clinton Foundation. Liberals are closely watching how Clinton might frame an economic agenda in a potential presidential campaign.

"She has to figure out what's her message for a new American electorate: African-Americans, Hispanics, young people, women, all of whom are suffering," said Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America's Future.

 

Comments

meowmix

Touche BD!

Dr. Information

Liberals getting creamed on here once again.

I personally would like to meet coaster on day and straight up throat punch him for being so stupid. Lol

meowmix

Oh brother. Creamed? Hardly.
I need not go into a long winded boring rebuttal as to why you are wrong. I also don't need to paste web sites for you to visit that are sanctioned by Fox Snooze. I only need to type again for your reading pleasure what I have typed before and that is:

Hillary in 2016: When all the racists become sexists.

Get used to saying "Madam President" there Dr. NoInfo. It is really going to happen.

KnuckleDragger

LOL ^^ Of course you won't. One of the Liberals mantras "It feels good...therefore it must." Maybe later when you can pull your rebuttal from the Rachel Maddow show?

meowmix

I will, just as soon as I see that you're quoting Limbag again. Your moniker suits you quite well.

KnuckleDragger

LOL. I don't even listen to Limbag and have never quoted him. Nice try though.

jazzbo

You certainly don't think for yourself.

jazzbo

Fox Snooze...LOL

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The Hero Zone

Meowmix, I certainly hope your tagline is sarcastic. If you actually believe that then you are quite close-minded and presumptive of other people. To reduce political disagreement to only being about pigmentation or genitalia is insulting. Sure, to other people but to yourself too when no other counterpoint can be made other than something like "oh well he's just a racist for not doing exactly what the President wants".

You may as well have made just as ignorant a statement as Dr. did by wanting to throat punch someone instead of appealing to their intelligence and imagination as a human being. If you'd like to be better than someone, please don't sink to their level. Encourage them to come up to you.

The Big Dog's back

Truth bites you again hz.

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The Hero Zone

Is this supposed to be some kind of reply? Did a full thought or sentence get cut off? Or are you reading to me the fortune cookie statement you got in some take-out?

jazzbo

@ Miss Information -

No , Miss Information , you hate Coaster because he refutes you and your idiot ilk with intelligent answers ...and you cant stand it.

Bottom Line

Coaster has intelligent, fact-laden responses and comments as often as you do. Never.

jazzbo

Go Ef- yourself.

Donegan

You proved his point .

jazzbo

Ef-you too , waste of time.

Donegan

Aww, Take heart racist hypocrite, There are millions of brainless drones out there who will be willing to vote for Clinton and make you feel better about "Winning". The sad thing is you will still be poor and she will be richer and the cycle will continue of you morons thinking you have won something in the face of the facts that you have only proven how stupid you actually are by believing in a politician.

jazzbo

Incoherent nonsense- a sign of mental illness.

sugar

Of course you would see the truth as incoherence and nonsense, look who you support in elections.

jazzbo

Since you were unable to figure it out , I was referring to Donegan's state of mind - you qualify also.

Darwin's choice

And deerteracker, bigdog, holyqueer, and manyothers!!!

Let me give them a chance to use their "obamacare".......bunch of queer sissies!

obama/failed

The Big Dog's back

Still listening to the gayway pundit goof?

deertracker

Dog, doofus is not worth my typing time!

Darwin's choice

Yet, here you are sissy!!!!!

obababots/still failing

jazzbo

Darwin wears dresses.

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The Hero Zone

Throat punching people doesn't solve anything. You may not agree with him but he's a human being. Instead, simply try to have civil conversation with him, point out flaws in his logic, or otherwise provide factual counterpoints to those with which you disagree.

meowmix

HZ- that is what we all like to think but quite frankly, I absolutely LOVED jazzbo's "ef-you" comment-- sometimes that just sums up everything perfectly. :}

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The Hero Zone

I get your notion but in practice how can one be taken seriously if they aren't (mostly) serious themselves? It's a boy who cries wolf. Comments like jazz's or Dr.'s don't do anything to advance civilization or solve our problems. Why it bugs me is because each have posted better before but then shift into implied personal violence and insult. So I was disappointed.

sugar

They've resorted to posting that way because they have nothing left to defend the mess in the WH. It's desperation.

jazzbo

Hero-
That's all that one can say to some of these jackasses.
They earned it and deserve it.
It beats a whole lot time of wasted on typing.

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