Sen. Warren Lays Out Focus For Second Year In Office

January 11, 2014 3:50 PM
Sen. Warren Lays Out Focus For Second Year In Office
" BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has garnered the kind of fevered attention during her freshman year that would make most political figures drool — with supporters even calling on her to consider a 2016 presidential bid, a notion she’s dismissed.

As she enters her second year in Congress, the Massachusetts Democrat said her focus is instead on improving the economic fortunes of ordinary Americans, a theme that is dovetailing with a renewed emphasis in her party on economic justice and with President Barack Obama’s own stated goal of addressing income inequality.

For Warren, stabilizing the ordinary American family’s finances rests on a number of pillars — from reining in student debt to easing what she calls the nation’s retirement crisis to doubling funding for federal research programs.

Warren has also positioned herself as a passionate defender of Social Security, even bucking Obama on changes she said would weaken a key protection for millions of older Americans.

“Let me put it this way: I disagree with anyone who talks about cutting Social Security benefits,” Warren said in a recent interview with The Associated Press "

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