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Warren Endorses The Rigged System

- July 25, 2016

Despite Claiming To Be A Champion Of Middle America, Warren Goes To Bat For The Pro-Wall Street, Pro-TPP, Big Money, Establishment Nominee Of The Rigged Democrat Party


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • With her headline speech at the Democrat National Convention, Elizabeth Warren now wholeheartedly embraces a candidate who represents the same Wall Street interests Warren became famous for attacking.
  • Warren now supports the Clinton machine, which engages in the big-money politics she decries.
  • Warren criticized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that Clinton helped broker and slammed other trade agreements that Clinton supported.
  • Warren and Clinton are divided on foreign policy and national security.
  • Given their stark differences, it’s no surprise Warren dragged her feet to endorse Clinton.

WARREN ATTACKS THE SAME WALL STREET INTERESTS THAT HAVE BANKROLLED THE CLINTONS FOR YEARS

Warren Claimed “Powerful Wall Street Businesses Pay Barely Disguised Bribes” To Obtain Laws That Will Benefit Them And Protect Corporate Interests. “Corporate executives and government officials spin through a revolving door, making sure that the interests of powerful corporations are carefully protected. Powerful Wall Street businesses pay barely disguised bribes, offering millions of dollars to trusted employees to go to Washington for a few years to make policies that will benefit exactly those same Wall Street businesses. And corporations and trade groups fund study after study that just so happen to support the special rule or exception the industry is looking for.” (Elizabeth Warren, Floor Speech On The Influence Of Money In Politics , Washington, DC, 1/21/16)

Warren Claimed She Was As “Mad As Hell” About How Big Banks “Stay In The Ear Of Enough Of The Folks In Washington, That It Has Made It Almost Impossible To Get Any Kind Of Change.” “Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren attended Re/code’s 2015 Code Conference on May 26, where she let loose a passionate indictment of the state of affairs in Washington, DC. Big banks ‘stay in the ear of enough of the folks in Washington, that it has made it almost impossible to get any kind of change,’ she said. ‘The only way we get change is when enough people in this country say, ‘I’m mad as hell, and I’m fed up, and I’m not going to do this anymore.’” (Jake Flanigan, “Watch: Elizabeth Warren Is “Mad As Hell” About Big Money In US Politics,” Quartz, 5/29/15)

“Warren Has Suggested Repeatedly That Any Candidate Seeking Her Endorsement Must Agree Not To Appoint Officials With Wall Street Ties.” “Warren has suggested repeatedly that any candidate seeking her endorsement must agree not to appoint officials with Wall Street ties. ‘Anyone who wants to be president should appoint only people who have already demonstrated they are independent, who have already demonstrated that they can hold giant banks accountable, who have already demonstrated that they embrace the kind of ambitious economic policies that we need to rebuild opportunity and a strong middle class in this country,’ she said in July.” (Gabriel Debenedetti, “Elizabeth Warren Allies Demand Answers From Clinton On Wall Street Ties,” Politico , 8/26/15)

Clinton Has Refused To Release The Transcripts Of Her Wall Street Speeches

Over A 15 Year Period, The Clintons Gave 164 Speeches To The Financial Sector, Earning At Least $35 Million. "Her efforts capped a nearly 15-year period in which Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, made at least $35 million by giving 164 speeches to financial services, real estate and insurance companies after leaving the White House in 2001, according to an Associated Press analysis of public disclosure forms and records released by her campaign." (Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas, "Since '01, Clintons Collected $35M From Financial Businesses, The Associated Press , 11/24/15)

“Hillary Clinton Is Steadfastly Refusing To Release The Transcripts Of The Paid Speeches She Gave To Wall Street Banks.” “Hillary Clinton is steadfastly refusing to release the transcripts of the paid speeches she gave to Wall Street banks. At the Democratic debate in Brooklyn on Thursday night, the presidential hopeful was booed by audience members for standing by her offer to release the transcripts only if all the candidates running for president did the same. ‘There are certain expectations when you run for president — this is a new one and I’ve said if everyone agrees to do it because there are speeches for money on the other side, I know that,’ Clinton said before getting drowned out by boos from the audience.” (Jonathan Eastley, “Clinton Refuses To Budge On Releasing Speech Transcripts,” The Hill, 4/14/16)

The Clintons Have Long Been Cozy With Wall Street And Profited Personally From Their Financial Industry Connections

Clinton Has Come Under Scrutiny For Her Coziness To Wall Street And Other Financial Services Firms. "Mrs. Clinton's windfalls from Wall Street banks and other financial services firms - $3 million in paid speeches and $17 million in campaign contributions over the years - have become a major vulnerability in states with early nomination contests. Some party officials who remain undecided in the 2016 presidential race see her as overly cozy with big banks and other special interests. At a time when liberals are ascendant in the party, many Democrats believe her merely having 'represented Wall Street as a senator from New York,' as Mrs. Clinton reminded viewers in an October debate, is bad enough." (Patrick Healy, "Wall Street Ties Linger As Image Issue For Hillary Clinton," The New York Times , 11/21/15)

  • The New York Times: "It's An Image Problem That She Cannot Seem To Shake." (Patrick Healy, "Wall Street Ties Linger As Image Issue For Hillary Clinton," The New York Times , 11/21/15)

Wall Street Has Been A Frequent Friend To Hillary Clinton. "Hillary Rodham Clinton wants voters to know she is no friend of Wall Street. But Wall Street has frequently been a friend to her." (Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas, "Since '01, Clintons Collected $35M From Financial Businesses, The Associated Press , 11/24/15)

  • Clinton's Top Contributors To Her Senate And Presidential Campaigns Have Been Wall Street Employees. "Her top two contributors over those years were employees from Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, the center found." (Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas, "Since '01, Clintons Collected $35M From Financial Businesses, The Associated Press , 11/24/15)

For The 2016 Cycle, “The Securities And Investment Industry Is Easily Clinton’s Top Source Of Cash, Donating Over $28 Million So Far, According To The CRP.” “According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Clinton and outside groups supporting her have raised $289 million so far in the 2016 cycle. The securities and investment industry is easily Clinton’s top source of cash, donating over $28 million so far, according to the CRP.” (Ben White, “Wall Street Donors Seek To Block Warren VP Pick,” Politico, 6/20/16)

For Decades, The Clintons "Made Historic Inroads On Wall Street, Pulling In At Least $69 Million In Political Contributions." "The Clintons kept big contributors in their orbit for decades by methodically wooing competing interest groups - toggling between their liberal base and powerful constituencies, according to donors, friends and aides who have known the couple since their Arkansas days. They made historic inroads on Wall Street, pulling in at least $69 million in political contributions from the employees and PACs of banks, insurance companies, and securities and investment firms. Wealthy hedge fund managers S. Donald Sussman and David E. Shaw are among their top campaign supporters, having given more than $1 million each." (Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger and Anu Marayanswamy, "Inside The Clinton Donor Network," The Washington Post, 11/19/15)

  • “During His Political Career, Bill Clinton Raised $39.7 Million From The Same Sector.” (Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger and Anu Marayanswamy, "Inside The Clinton Donor Network," The Washington Post, 11/19/15)

Wall Street Strongly Supported Clinton's 2000 Senate Campaign According To The Washington Post's Analysis. "She had just been elected with the strong support of the financial sector, which contributed $2.1 million of the $30 million she raised in 2000, one of the largest industries to back her, The Post's analysis found." (Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger and Anu Marayanswamy, "Inside The Clinton Donor Network," The Washington Post, 11/19/15)

The Clintons Gave Wealthy Wall St. And Big Tech Supporters Executive Appointments In The Clinton White House. "At a brunch organized by Democratic fundraiser Gloria Rose Ott at the newly opened Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, the Arkansas governor dazzled the guests, including Apple chief executive John Sculley and Hewlett-Packard president John Young … Sculley and Young helped draft the campaign's high-tech policy … Once in office, Clinton brought many of his new friends from Wall Street and the tech sector to Washington. Sculley had a seat next to Hillary Clinton at her husband's first State of the Union address. Ott was appointed to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation." (Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger and Anu Marayanswamy, "Inside The Clinton Donor Network," The Washington Post, 11/19/15)

Warren Refused To Say Whether Clinton Would Capitulate To Big Banks Or Push For Wall Street Reform

Warren Refused To Say Whether Clinton Would Capitulate To Big Banks As Commander In Chief. “Asked Sunday if she feared Clinton would capitulate to big banks as commander in chief, Warren dodged the question, instead focusing on her own fight for the cause. ‘I've made it clear all the way through this book - and really what I've been working on for the last 25 years - that I'm worried a lot about power in the financial services industry,’ she said. ‘It's a central issue for me. It's something I'm going to keep talking about. And I'm going to keep talking about it with everyone.’” (Dana Davidsen, “Warren 'Hopes' Clinton Runs In 2016, Softens Previous Criticism,” CNN, 4/27/14)

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Warren Also Passed On Whether Clinton Would Push For Wall Street Reforms. “Pressed further on whether she thinks Clinton will fight for Wall Street reforms, Warren again pivoted back to her commitment to the agency and its work. ‘I'm going to keep talking about this issue. And I'm going to keep pushing on this issue,’ she said.” (Dana Davidsen, “Warren 'Hopes' Clinton Runs In 2016, Softens Previous Criticism,” CNN, 4/27/14)

WARREN SLAMMED CLINTON FOR FLIP-FLOPPING ON A BANKRUPTCY REFORM BILL AND CLINTON’S CONCERN FOR HER FINANCIAL DONOR “CONSTITUENCY”

Warren Praised Clinton For Initially Opposing A 2000 Bankruptcy Bill. WARREN: “And at the end of the conversation, Mrs. Clinton stood up. She said, ‘Let’s get our picture taken,’ which we did, and she said, ‘Professor Warren, we’ve got to stop that awful bill,’ referring to the bankruptcy bill that was sponsored by the credit card companies. So I left. She went back to Washington and I heard later from someone who was a White House staffer that there were skid marks in the hallways when Mrs. Clinton got back as people reversed direction on that bankruptcy bill. When Mrs. Clinton came back with a little better understanding of how it all worked, they reversed course and they reversed course fast. And the proof is in the pudding. The last bill that came before President Clinton was that bankruptcy bill that was passed by the House and the Senate in 2000 and he vetoed it. In her autobiography Mrs. Clinton took credit for that veto and she rightly should." ( ‘NOW’ Interview With Elizabeth Warren, 2004)

But, Warren Slammed Clinton For Flip-Flopping On The Bill When She Entered The Senate And Noted Clinton’s Concern For Her Financial Industry Donors. WARREN: "One of the first bills that came up after she was 'Senator Clinton' was the bankruptcy bill. This is a bill that’s like a vampire. It will not die; there’s a lot of money behind it. Her husband had vetoed it very much at her encouragement. She voted in favor of it. As Senator Clinton, the pressures are very different. It's a well financed industry. A lot of people don't realize that the industry that gave the most money to Washington over the past few years was not the oil industry, was not pharmaceuticals, it was consumer credit products. Those are the people, the credit card companies that have been giving money, and they have influence. She has taken money from the groups, and more to the point, she worries about them as a constituency.” ( ‘NOW’ Interview With Elizabeth Warren, 2004)

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  • In Her 2003 Book, Warren Implied Clinton Changed Her Vote On The Bankruptcy Bill After Receiving $140,000 In Contributions From Banking Executives. “The news release recounted how Sen. Warren (D-Mass.), in a 2003 book, blamed campaign contributions from banking interests for why Clinton flipped from being opposed to an overhaul of bankruptcy laws as first lady – calling it ‘awful’– to voting to advance the bill as a freshman senator. Warren noted that Clinton had received $140,000 in campaign contributions from banking industry executives as she sought a Senate seat.” (Glenn Kessler, “Elizabeth Warren’s Critique Of Hillary Clinton’s 2001 Bankruptcy Vote,” The Washington Post , 2/9/16)

The Bankruptcy Bill “Makes It More Difficult For Credit Card Customers To Renegotiate Their Debts” But Makes It Easier For The Wealthy To Protect Their Property. “That legislation makes it more difficult for credit card customers to renegotiate their debts, even as it allows the wealthy to protect their second homes, yachts and investment properties from creditors.” (David Sirota, “Hillary Clinton vs. Elizabeth Warren: Big Differences, Despite Claims To The Contrary,” International Business Times , 7/28/14)

  • The Bankruptcy Bill Also “Played A Central Role In The Foreclosure Crisis.” “According to a 2009 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the bankruptcy bill’s provisions changing debt payback provisions played a central role in the foreclosure crisis, as the new law forced homeowners to pay off credit card debts before paying their mortgage.” (David Sirota, “Hillary Clinton vs. Elizabeth Warren: Big Differences, Despite Claims To The Contrary,” International Business Times , 7/28/14)

Warren Linked Clinton To The “Scary Part About Democracy Today” And How The Credit Industry Uses Law To Make It Easier “To Drain Money Out Of The Pockets Of Middle Class Families.” PBS’S BILL MOYERS: “So what does this mean though to these people, these millions of people out there, whom the politicians cavort in front of as favoring the middle class and then are beholden to the powerful interests that undermine the middle class? What does it say about politics today?” WARREN: “You know this is the scary part about democracy today. We're talking again about the impact of money. The credit industry on this bankruptcy bill has spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying, and as their profits grow they just throw more into lobbying for how they can get laws that will make it easier and easier and easier to drain money out of the pockets of middle class families.” ( ‘NOW’ Interview With Elizabeth Warren, 2004)

WARREN CALLS FOR REINSTATING GLASS-STEAGALL, A MOVE CLINTON OPPOSES

Warren Introduced Legislation To Reinstate The Glass-Steagall “Firewall Between Commercial And Investment Banking.” “Warren has long positioned herself as an adversary to large financial institutions, questioning why they hadn’t brought bankers who had been partially responsible for the financial downturn to trial. Last year, she introduced legislation that would reinstate Glass-Steagall, the Depression-era law that created a firewall between commercial and investment banking and was repealed during the Clinton administration. ‘We should not accept a financial system that allows the biggest banks to emerge from a crisis in record-setting shape while working Americans continue to struggle,’ Warren said at an event in 2013.” (Megan R. Wilson, “Clinton Vs. Warren: Where They Disagree,” The Hill, 8/24/14)

Clinton Opposes Reinstating The Glass-Steagall Act. “Hillary Clinton on Tuesday dismissed the idea of reinstating a Depression-era banking law that has found champions in two of her Democratic opponents, setting up what will likely be a flashpoint in next week's Democratic primary debate. Asked by a voter in Iowa about reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, a law that separated commercial and investment banks until its repeal under President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton said that her Wall Street plan -- which will be unveiled next week -- would be ‘more comprehensive’ than reinstating the law.” (Dan Merica, “Clinton Dismisses Reinstating Glass-Steagall,” CNN, 10/6/15)

Clinton Further Implied That She Would Solve “Real Problems” As Opposed To Those Who Call For Glass Steagall’s Reinstatement. “On Tuesday, Clinton subtly hit proponents of the law's reinstatement, including Sanders and O'Malley. ‘I'm going to go after what I think are the real problems, not the problems on the past, the problems of today because what I'm interested in is stopping something like this from happening again,’ Clinton said.” (Dan Merica, “Clinton Dismisses Reinstating Glass-Steagall,” CNN, 10/6/15)

WARREN SLAMMED POLITICIANS, LIKE CLINTON, WHO HAVE EMBRACED LARGE AMOUNTS OF OUTSIDE SPENDING IN CAMPAIGNS

Warren: “Anyone Who Shrugs And Claims That Change Is Just Too Hard Has Crawled Into Bed With The Billionaires Who Want To Run This Country Like Some Private Club.” “Last week, on the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, Warren took the Senate floor to decry it for allowing dark money to flood back into campaigns. She didn’t mention Sanders by name, but as she concluded, she channeled him: ‘A new presidential election is upon us,’ she said. ‘Anyone who shrugs and claims that change is just too hard has crawled into bed with the billionaires who want to run this country like some private club.’” (Tory Newmyer, “Elizabeth Warren Makes Bernie Sanders' Case Better Than He Does,” Fortune, 1/30/16)

During Her 2012 Senate Race, Warren Signed A Pact To Discourage Outside Spending In The Race. “Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat who is challenging him for his seat, signed an agreement Monday that discourages outside spending in their hard-fought Senate race, which has been inundated with millions of dollars in advertising by super PACs and other independent groups. The pact marks a groundbreaking attempt by the candidates to gain control over outside spending, which has proliferated this year in the wake of court rulings that made it easier for corporations, unions and wealthy individuals to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns.” (Dan Eggen, “Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren Pledge To Curb Outside Campaign Spending,” The Washington Post , 1/23/12)

Clinton Decided “To Personally Raise Money For A Super PAC Supporting Her Campaign” And Agitated Liberals In The Process. “Hillary Clinton's decision to personally raise money for a super PAC supporting her campaign is agitating her progressive critics, who see the move as further proof that the Democratic presidential frontrunner doesn't share some of their values. There was never any expectation that Clinton would renounce super PAC money this election cycle. But liberal activists determined to use the Democratic primary to pressure Clinton to embrace a progressive agenda say the idea of the former secretary of state personally wooing the wealthiest class of donors runs counter to the populist rhetoric she's employed this year.” (MJ Lee, “Clinton's Super PAC Fundraising Irks Progressives,” CNN, 5/18/15)

Clinton’s Super PAC Fundraising Is “A Decision To Play By The Rules Of A System She Has Condemned As ‘Dysfunctional.’” “But the recent revelation that Clinton will personally fundraise for a super PAC supporting her campaign -- a decision to play by the rules of a system she has condemned as ‘dysfunctional’ -- has invited fresh eye-rolling. It has also exposed a core tension for Democrats, who have increasingly embraced super PACs at the same time that they decry the explosion of soft money in national politics.” (MJ Lee, “Clinton's Super PAC Fundraising Irks Progressives,” CNN, 5/18/15)

WARREN CRITICIZED THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP) NEGOTIATIONS THAT CLINTON HELPED BROKER

Warren, On TPP: It “Would Tilt The Playing Field Even More In Favor Of A Big Multinational Corporations And Against Working Families.” “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is pushing her Senate colleagues to reject a Pacific Rim trade deal that's considered a key pillar of President Obama's second term. ‘I hope Congress will use its constitutional authority to stop this deal before it makes things even worse and even more dangerous for America's hardest-working families,’ Warren said Tuesday. She added that the agreement ‘would tilt the playing field even more in favor of a big multinational corporations and against working families.’” (Jordain Carney, “Warren: Congress Should Reject Obama Trade Deal,” The Hill, 2/2/16)

Warren Expressed Concerns About The Obama Administration’s Lack Of Transparency On TPP Negotiations. ‘Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday sent a letter to President Barack Obama’s nominee to head U.S. trade negotiations, expressing concerns about the administration’s lack of transparency in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major trade deal being negotiated largely in secret. Labor unions, public health advocates and environmental groups have long decried so-called free trade policies for undermining important regulations in the pursuit of corporate profits. The letter signals that Warren’s tough stance on bank regulation extends to other major consumer and public interest matters.” (Zach Carter, “Elizabeth Warren Free Trade Letter Calls For Trans-Pacific Partnership Transparency,” The Huffington Post, 6/13/13)

Clinton Promoted TPP And Had A Leading Part In Drafting It

As Secretary Of State, Clinton Took “A Leading Part In Drafting The Trans-Pacific Partnership.” “She’s pressed the case for U.S. business in Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and other countries in China’s shadow. She’s also taken a leading part in drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade pact that would give U.S. companies a leg up on their Chinese competitors.” (Elizabeth Dwoskin and Indira Laksmanan, “How Hillary Clinton Created A U.S. Business-Promotion Machine,” Bloomberg, 1/10/13)

  • As Secretary, Clinton Had “Expressed Support” For The Trans-Pacific Partnership In “At Least 45 Public Speeches.” “The TPP negotiations are a part of the Obama administration’s so-called pivot to Asia. Early in his presidency, Obama outlined a plan to put more energy and focus into the Asian Pacific, especially in terms of economic development. While serving as Obama’s secretary of state, Clinton expressed support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in at least 45 public speeches, according to a roundup of quotes by CNN.” (Jake Tapper, “45 Times Secretary Clinton Pushed The Trade Bill She Now Opposes,” CNN, 6/15/15)

As Secretary Of State In November 2012, Clinton Called TPP The “Gold Standard” In Trade Agreements, Saying It Includes “Strong Protections For Workers.” CLINTON: “So it's fair to say that our economies are entwined, and we need to keep upping our game both bilaterally and with partners across the region through agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. Australia is a critical partner. This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world's total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Techport Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, 11/15/12)

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WARREN SLAMMED OTHER FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS THAT CLINTON SUPPORTED

Warren’s Senate Staff Produced A Report That Criticized The Unfulfilled Promises Of NAFTA And Other Free Trade Agreements. “The TPP is being hailed as the strongest free trade agreement yet. But this is not the first time this claim has been made. Proponents of previous trade agreements have made similar claims about every free trade agreement signed in the last 20 years, from the NAFTA agreement in 1993 to the more recent agreements with Colombia and Panama. By now, we have two decades of experience with free trade agreements under both Democratic and Republican Presidents. Supporters of these agreements have always promised that they contain tough standards to protect workers. But this analysis reveals that the rhetoric has not matched the reality.” (“Broken Promises: Decades Of Failure To Enforce Labor Standards In Free Trade Agreements,” Office Of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Accessed 6/23/16)

Clinton Praised NAFTA And Vote Free Trade Deals With Oman, Chile, And Singapore

In 2003 In Her Book “Living History,” Clinton Praised NAFTA, Calling It An Example Of The Economy “Reaping The Benefits, Not The Burdens Of Globalization.” “Creating a free trade zone in North America- the largest free trade zone in the world- would expand U.S. exports, create jobs and ensure that our economy was reaping the benefits, not the burdens of globalization.” (Hillary Rodham Clinton, Living History, 2003, p. 182)

At A Union Event In 1996, Then First-Lady Clinton Told Workers That “I Think That NAFTA Is Proving Its Worth.” CLINTON: “Oh I think that, everybody is in favor of free and fair trade, and I think that NAFTA is proving its worth.” (First Lady Hillary Clinton, Remarks At An Event For The Union Of Needle Trades, Industrial, And Textile Employees (UNITE), New York, NY, 3/6/96)

“Clinton, By Contrast, Was A Key Backer Of NAFTA And Voted For Free Trade Pacts With Oman, Chile And Singapore During Her Senate Tenure.” “Additionally, Warren has been a vocal critic of so-called free trade deals, which create major regulatory protection for intellectual property, patents and copyrights, but often remove such protections for workers, consumers and the environment. Clinton, by contrast, was a key backer of NAFTA and voted for free trade pacts with Oman, Chile and Singapore during her Senate tenure. Additionally, Clinton was a key Obama administration player when the administration began pushing the Trans Pacific Partnership - a free trade deal that Warren has publicly criticized.” (David Sirota, “Hillary Clinton vs. Elizabeth Warren: Big Differences, Despite Claims To The Contrary,” International Business Times , 7/28/14)

WARREN AND CLINTON ARE OPPOSED ON FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY

Warren Criticized The Authorization Of The Iraq War Which Clinton Voted For

In 2012, Warren Criticized The Decision To Go To War In Iraq. WARREN: “With my three older brothers having served in the military – one career, with 288 combat missions in Vietnam – I know first-hand how tough, smart, and resourceful our servicemembers are. I also know how much they and their families contribute to our country. The men and women of our armed forces who served in Iraq did everything we asked of them, and no one doubts their courage and fortitude. We should honor and respect their service, their commitment, and their efforts in ending a brutal regime. But we also need to learn a larger lesson from the war in Iraq. We should exhaust all other options before going to war, and we must never again put wars on a credit card for our grandchildren to pay for. If a war is unavoidable and in our national interest, then we should be willing to pay for it as we fight it. If public support is so weak that the American people are unwilling to pay for the war, then we should not go to war. Either all of us go to war, or none of us go to war.” (Dan Ring, “Sen. Scott Brown And Elizabeth Warren Mark Positions On Afghanistan, China And Other Foreign Policies,” MassLive, 7/8/12)

In 2014, Warren Co-Sponsored A Bill To “Repeal The Authorization Of Military Force (AUMF) For Iraq And Officially Bring The Iraq War To A Close.” “Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today introduced S.1919, which would repeal the Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) for Iraq and officially bring the Iraq war to a close. This bipartisan effort is co-sponsored by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jon Tester (D- Mont.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).” (Press Release, “Sens. Paul, Wyden And Gillibrand Introduce Bill To Repeal AUMF For Iraq,” Office Of Senator Ron Wyden, 1/14/14)

In 2002, Clinton Voted To Authorize The Iraq War. “In 2002, then-Sen. Clinton voted in favor of the resolution that authorized George W. Bush's Iraq War, an action that arguably cost her the presidency in 2008 and has haunted her ever since. ‘If left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons,’ she declared at the time.” (Alicia Perez, “Hillary Clinton's Stance On 2003 Iraq War May Come Back To Bite Her In 2016,” International Business Times , 6/13/14)

Warren Opposes Intervention In Syria, But Clinton Wants To Escalate It

In 2014, Warren Voted Against Legislation To Arm Syrian Rebels. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday voted against legislation authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels, taking a stand that could distinguish her from Hillary Clinton in 2016. She voted against legislation to fund the government until Dec. 11, which included a provision giving Obama Title 10 authority to equip Syrian militants in hopes they will fight violent Sunni extremists.” (Alexander Bolton, “Warren Uses Syria Measure To Draw Contrast With Clinton,” The Hill, 9/18/14)

As Secretary Of State, Clinton Pushed For The Arming Of Syrian Rebels. “Clinton revealed in her memoir, Hard Choices that she wanted to arm Syrian rebels early during their fight against President Bashar Assad but failed to convince Obama. In an interview last month, Clinton told Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic that the failure to arm the rebels led to the rise of ISIS.” (Alexander Bolton, “Warren Uses Syria Measure To Draw Contrast With Clinton,” The Hill, 9/18/14)

Clinton Has Called For Escalating U.S. Involvement In Syria With Establishing A No-Fly Zone, More Airstrikes, And An Expanded Deployment Of Special Forces Troops. “Hillary Rodham Clinton called on Thursday for accelerating the American-led operation to defeat the Islamic State, going well beyond what President Obama has proposed by urging a no-fly zone with coalition forces to protect Syrians, more airstrikes and an expanded deployment of special operations troops to assist local ground forces. ‘Our goal is not to deter or contain ISIS, but to defeat and destroy ISIS,’ Mrs. Clinton said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group and distancing herself from Mr. Obama’s much-derided contention, a day before the Nov. 13 attack in Paris, that the group had been geographically ‘contained.’” (Amy Chozick and David E. Sanger, “Hillary Clinton Goes Beyond President Obama In Plan To Defeat Isis,” The New York Times, 11/19/15)

Warren Supports Limiting Surveillance Programs That Clinton Defends

“Warren Would Like To End The Bulk-Collection Of Phone Records, Which Is Authorized By Section 215 Of The USA Patriot Act And Set To Expire June 1, 2015.” (Megan R. Wilson, “Clinton Vs. Warren: Where They Disagree,” The Hill, 8/24/14)

Warren Suggested The Obama Administration’s Surveillance Reforms Did Not Go Far Enough. “Even though Warren praised the Obama’s administration’s reforms of its surveillance apparatus earlier this year, she said they might not go far enough. ‘Congress must go further to protect the right to privacy, to end the NSA's dragnet surveillance of ordinary Americans, to make the intelligence community more transparent and accountable,’ Warren said.” (Megan R. Wilson, “Clinton Vs. Warren: Where They Disagree,”The Hill, 8/24/14)

Clinton Defended U.S. Surveillance Programs And Attacked Edward Snowden. “During the promotional tour for her book “Hard Choices,” Clinton stood behind the U.S. surveillance programs and criticized former government contractor Edward Snowden for leaking sensitive information. Most of what Snowden disclosed, she said, ‘concerned the surveillance that the United States undertakes, totally legally, against other nations.’” (Megan R. Wilson, “Clinton Vs. Warren: Where They Disagree,” The Hill, 8/24/14)

Clinton Believes Surveillance Reforms Should Not Go Too Far. “While she has backed reforms to ‘make sure that it doesn’t go too far,’ Clinton told NPR that ‘collecting information about what's going around the world is essential to our security.’” (Megan R. Wilson, “Clinton Vs. Warren: Where They Disagree,” The Hill, 8/24/14)

GIVEN THEIR STARK DIFFERENCES, IT’S NO SURPRISE WARREN DRAGGED HER FEET TO ENDORSE CLINTON

Warren Waited To Endorse Clinton Until June 9, 2016. “Ms. Warren officially endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday. ‘I’m ready to jump in this fight and make sure that Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States and be sure that Donald Trump gets nowhere near the White House,’ Ms. Warren told The Boston Globe.” (Jennifer Steinhauer, “Elizabeth Warren Endorses Clinton And Goes Taunt-For-Taunt With Trump,” The New York Times, 6/9/16)

Warren Was The Only Female Democrat Senator Not To Endorse Clinton By December 2015 “Hillary Clinton was joined by 13 of the 14 Democratic women of the U.S. Senate at a fundraiser that amounted to a Monday night pep rally for the candidate who could become the first female president. The Washington event was an attempt by the front-runner's campaign to flex its establishment muscle as the first caucuses and primaries draw closer, but one Democratic leader was notably missing from the stage that hosted all the women: Sen. Elizabeth Warren.” (Dan Merica, “Female Democratic Senators — Sans Elizabeth Warren — Stump For Hillary Clinton,” CNN, 12/1/15)

  • Warren Also Noted That Her 2013 Encouragement Of Clinton To Run Did Not Constitute An Endorsement. “Despite signing a letter that urged Clinton to run for president in 2013, Warren has so far declined to officially endorse her campaign. The senator, who liberal organizers failed to draft into a presidential campaign for much of 2014 and 2015, told CNN earlier this year that the letter she signed was not an endorsement for the Clinton campaign.” (Dan Merica, “Female Democratic Senators — Sans Elizabeth Warren — Stump For Hillary Clinton,” CNN, 12/1/15)

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