Elizabeth Warren, Senate candidate from Massachusetts, said she plans to talk about the plight of middle-class and working families in her prime-time speech on Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention.
“I’m going to talk about what I’ve been working on for a very long time, many years,” said Warren in an appearance on NBC’s Today Show on Tuesday. “That is how America’s middle class, America’s working families are getting hammered.”
“America's middle class has been hammered, squeezed, and chipped at for a generation now. It’s got to stop,” said Warren, a Harvard Law School professor who has been an outspoken advocate for middle-class consumers of financial products.
When asked about Democrats’ recent difficulties addressing the question, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” Warren pointed to the dire state of the economy in September 2008 during the near-collapse of the financial industry.
Warren was the chief architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and at President Obama's direction, she got the bureau up and running in the wake of the financial crisis. She would have been appointed its first director if not for fierce opposition to her nomination from Senate Republicans. Warren has consistently trailed Republican Sen. Scott Brown by small margins in their hotly contested Senate race.