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it's joe biden. lose your wife get up. lose your kid get up. people say things get over it and get up. >> joe would make a great president. and i haven't changed. > we do not back down. we do not shut up. >> she came to washington ready to fight. >> enough is enough. >> fierce and fearless. >> at best, you are incompetent. either way you should be fired. >> people ask me -- >> let me follow up. >> is elizabeth warren the person she plays on tv? the answer is yes. >> our agenda is america's agenda. >> elizabeth warren in a revealing in-depth interview. >> i learned about fighting in washington. i learned about fighting against those with power. do you know where the money went? >> she's confrontational. >> she's smarter than any wall
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street banker. she's tougher than any nfl linebacker. >> donald trump is a two bit con man. >> a liberal firebrand who can take the heat. poke -- >> she's the worst. >> we're unenthusiastic about the possibility of elizabeth warren. >> a lightning rod is not necessarily a bad thing. >> no matter what they throw at us, we persist. >> the question is, just how far will that persistence take her? >> it's not a question of are you ready. it's what the country needs. ♪ >> this is a moment we should dream big. fight hard. and take back our country. >> the senior is that right from
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massachusetts takes the first step towards a 2020 run to the white house on. by posting a video on her campaign web site. >> today i'm launching a bid for president. >> even though the announcement has been widely expected it general ra generates a buzz around washington and the air waves. >> it is officially begun. you have a democrat in the race for president. senator elizabeth warren from massachusetts. >> you are the first household democrat the first heavy weight. to announce that you are going to go ahead with this exploratory committee. why are you going first? >> i want to be in this fight. because this is in my view the fundamental question that faces our country. it's so who does washington work for? washington is working great.
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fabulously. for the wealthy and the well connected. washington ought to work for everybody else. >> her first trip to iowa draws large crowds. >> so the bad news is, i have caught a cold. the good news is, never the less i persist. >> how do you debate who isn't interested in civility or facts? >> did you have someone in specific in mind? >> we have to get out and be clear about what we're fighting for. and then we have so show we're willing to fight for it. we can't talk the talk. we have to walk the walk sfwl she's done exactly that. over the course of her career as a law professor, consumer
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advocate and politician. warren has made a name for herself fighting for regular folks. taking on the financial elite and powerful in washington. as a united states senator one of her most defines moments during the confirmation of jeff sessions. >> she was warned. she was given an explanation. nevertheless, she persisted. >> part of me sort of said, mitch mcconnell, you chose the wrong woman to fight with. >> it was a fight that started a movement. >> i rise today to express my strong opposition to the nomination of senator jeff sessions. >> senator elizabeth warren is arguing against jeff sessions to be attorney general in early 2017. >> a person who has exhibited so much hostility to the enforcement of those laws. >> the senator is reminded that it's a violation of rule 19.
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>> rule 19 says you do not cast aspersion on another senator. she's reprimanded. not deterred. >> mrs. king's words ring true. >> after reading a letter from the late mrs. king who opposed sessions to be a federal judge in 1986, she's interrupted again. >> mr. president -- mr. president, senator warren's quote said senator sessions used the power of his office to chill the prekpers preexercise of the the vote by black citizens. i call the senator to order under the provision of rule 19. >> mr. president, i am surprised that the words of mrs. king are not suitable for debate in the united states senate. i appeal the ruling. >> the senator will take her seat. >> surprisingly, warren is barred from speaking. >> she was warned. she was given an explanation. nevertheless, she persisted.
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>> the suggestion that reciting the words of the great mrs. king would invoke rule 19 and force senator warren to sit down and be silent is outrageous. >> it was clearly meant to silence words they didn't want to hear. not words that were inappropriate. >> attorney general jeff sessions. >> he's confirmed. it's a loss for warren. her team capitalizes. plastering it on merchandise to raise min for her reelection to the senate. >> that would galvanize millions. around here. >> we're the party of opposition. that's our job. >> out spoken and unapologetic. she takes a leading role against the trump administration. >> we will band together to fight donald trump. >> it's a role she embraced when president trump was candy dade
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trump in the spring of 2016. >> she was listening to the indiana primary results come in. republican side. >> the take over is complete. it's trumps republican party. >> trump wins. she was so sort of appalled by this. she wrote a series of posts. that were very critical. of trump. >> days later, trump tweets back. launching a personal attack on her claim about her heritage. >> it was a realtime back and forth. >> >> she said because her cheekbones were high, that she was an indian, she was native american. >> he is kissing the fannies of the poor misunderstood wall street bankers. >> she's not happy. she's the worst. >> donald trump is a two bit con man. >> she has gotten under trump skin. trump does not like being taken on by powerful people,
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particularly powerful women. >> warren is one of the leading voices of the democratic party today. she's only been a senator for a few years. since 2013. her path to washington has been anything but straightforward. her life is a story of real perseverance and unexpected turns. that narrative starts from the very beginning. >> i was a late in life baby as they used to be called back then. my mother always called me the surprise. i was about 30 before it occurred to me what that meant. >> elizabeth ann herring is born on june 22, 1949, in oklahoma city, oklahoma. she's the youngest of four and the only girl in donald and pauline's family. >> they saw themselves as middle class. people who -- for them, the distinction was they used good english. they didn't say ain't. >> her middle class upbringing
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is threatened when she's just 12 years old. >> my daddy had a heart attack. when that happened, it turned our life upside down. he was out of work for a long time. the medical bills pile up. we lost the family station wagon. we were on the edge of losing our home. when it was my mother who pulls on her best dress, dries her eyes, puts on her high heels and walks to the sears and gets a minimum wage job. my mother saved our family, she saved our house. >> the family gets by but there isn't enough money to fulfill her dream of going to college. that's not the only hurdle. >> my mother's message to me always was, find a good provider. get married. my mother thought i was a pretty iffy case on marriage. >> it's the middle of the 1960s
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in the middle of oklahoma. the young girl is starting to find her voice on the high school debate team. >> she felt her world at home was confining in a lot of ways. this allowed her to think about big picture questions. she's a natural. winning state competitions. she realizes this talent could help her go to college. >> i was a girl with a plan. my plan was, if i could get in and get a full scholarship, who could complain. >> she lands a debate scholarship to george washington university. other priorities soon take over. >> i was 19. i was in love. the first boy i had ever dated had come back into my life. in a very short space of time he proposed and i said yes. i thought, great, and left it all behind. >> coming up -- >> i was failing at everything.
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let me hear it, our agenda is america's agenda. and if we fight for it, we win. we win. >> senator elizabeth warren is a trailblazing woman who may run at the beginning of a presidential run. but in 1968 she's a college dropout struggling to pursue a career. >> i really wanted to teach. that meant i had to find a way to get back to college. i went to a commuter college. i knew that was my second chance. i hung on for dear life. >> the warrens moved to new jersey in 1970 where she teaches special needs kids at a public
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school before giving birth. >> my husband's view was stay at home. we will have more children. you will love this. i was very restless about it. i went back home to oklahoma for christmas. i saw a bunch of the boys that i had been in high school debate with. they had gone on to law school. they said, you should go to law school. you will love it. >> she takes their advice. after persuading her husband, she enrolls at rutgers university law school, the day amelia turns 2. >> i took to law school like a pig takes to mud. i mean, this was fabulous. i loved law school. >> at graduation, she's eight months pregnant with her second child and conflicted about the future. >> alex was born about three weeks after i graduated. it was the hardest moment in my life. i thought, because i didn't take a job right out of law school, it was all over.
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>> liz is never one to sit and feel sorry for herself. she put out a shingle, elizabeth warren, attorney at law. i'm doing real estate closings. how the heck do you know how to do real estate closings? this is before the internet. she's like, just looked it up in books. no problem. >> when the family moves to texas, she joins the university of houston, teaching contract law and courses on business and finance. the demands of a full-time mom and family are demanding. >> the demands of a full-time job and family are overwhelming. >> i was failing at everything. i felt like a terrible mother. dinner was late. every childcare arrangement fell apart. >> i think she was getting quite discouraged and didn't know how she was going to do this. >> warren's career is in jeopardy. until her beloved aunt comes to the rescue. >> she said, how is it going?
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i just started to cry. and i said, i'm going to have to quit. she said, well, i can't get there tomorrow but i can get there thursday. and she arrived with seven suitcases and buddy the dog. they stayed for 16 years. >> having solved the childcare issue, which is an issue for so many women, it propelled her forward. >> she never would have gone on to become the person she is. >> aunt bee doesn't solve everything. her desire to pursue her career, it causes friction with her husband. >> he indulged her career and interest in the law but told her that doesn't mean you can stop doing everything at home. >> the couple divorces in 1980. elizabeth is a single mother at 31 years old at a time when women are struggling to climb the ladder in the workplace.
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>> i remember my obsession became balancing my checkbook. i would sometimes late at night after i do my homework and get everything ready for the next day, i go to the bedroom and pull out my checkbook. i would add to make sure i had enough to make it to the next paycheck until the next, until the next. >> as she juggles a career and two kids, she falls in love with a professor. >> i still remember the first time i really noticed him, he had on shorts. great legs. >> less than a year after they meet, she bucks tradition. >> i watched him one night teach. i was sitting in the back of the room. he came over and he said, well, what did you think? and i looked up and i said, what can i say? will you marry me? and he said yes. >> i families moves to austin in 1983 where she lands a job at the university of texas. she volunteers to teach a course she never taught before,
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bankruptcy. >> i remember approaching it with some real skepticism. my family had had hard times. we never declared bankruptcy. so surely the people who did declare bankruptcy -- maybe they were trying to game the system. >> warren begins what will -- become decades of study into the cause of bankruptcy. >> a long period i'm not political at all. i am a registered republican. then i get deeply involved in the bankruptcy research. >> over time, she is surprised by what she learns. >> what you heard were basically people who worked hard, who played by the rules, who did everything they could and then it was that one event that bam somebody got sick, somebody lost a job, somebody ran off or died.
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this life that had been going along pretty good just suddenly starts tumbling off a cliff. that bankruptcy is their handhold on the way down. what happened over time is my politics shifted. >> warren is offered a position at harvard law school in 1995. stepping into a world few women enter. >> one time elizabeth invited us to have lunch at the harvard faculty club. i had never been there before. you look around and you say, we're the only women here. >> the 1980s and '90s are a time when more and more americans go broke. the ivy league professor is asked to sit on a commission to review bankruptcy laws in 1995. >> it starts with flat wages. it goes to rising health care costs, rising housing costs, costs of getting a kid educated. how the middle class starts coming under a squeeze. bankruptcy is the tail end of
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that. >> it would lead to her first battle for the little guy. taking on credit card companies who are pushing a bill that would make it harder for people to declare bankruptcy. >> this was a bankruptcy bill where there was huge money behind it. buying politicians in both parties. yet she fought it ferociously because she believed it would hurt ordinary people. >> the experience would have a profound affect on warren's politics. >> the credit card companies start pushing for the changes they want and that's when i make the shift. that's when i become a democrat. >> when the republicans would come up with notions about how to change the bankruptcy code, i would bounce them off elizabeth warren. she would tell me real word consequences. >> too many people have abused the bankruptcy laws. >> warren is crushed when in 2005 a bill is signed into law making it harder to file for bankruptcy. >> we held them off for ten years. for ten years in that fight. in the end, lost.
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professor warren waists no time. in the halls of harvard. she earned a reputation for being tough and demanding. there's one question she asks her students. one few answer correctly. >> three words i ask at the beginning. what is assumpsit. >> it's in the first case assigned. >> i just call on someone. i have a seating chart. >> she said, let's get started. mr. kennedy. what's the definition? no hello. no good morning. no welcome to law school. i was stunned. i had no idea. i stumbled through it. i will never forget the look on her face. i don't know.
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>> the case is about a doctor who gets sued but he doesn't get sued because of malpractice. he gets sued because he made a contract, a promise. that's what it is all about. >> she said, she always has ten seconds in a classroom as she walks down the steps to guess who doesn't know it. she's gotten good at guessing. she guessed me. >> it's true. i walk in. i think it's probably less than ten seconds. it's not i'm looking for someone who doesn't know. i'm looking for someone who will survive having been called on first in law school. >> the subprime mortgage mess claims lehman brothers declares bankruptcy. >> the worst financial crisis. >> now with the financial markets in disarray. all sides have to pick up the pieces. >> in the fall of 2008, the financial system is on the brink of collapse. the stock market plummets. panic spreads that another great depression is imminent. >> we are in the midst of a
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serious financial crisis. the federal government is responding with decisive action. >> congress establishes the troubled asset relief program in october 2008. authorizing $700 billion in taxpayer money to bail out the country's financial institutions. at the same time congress creates a commission to watch over the program and over the program and to study possible regulatory reforms. >> the motion is adopted. >> professor warren is tapped for the job. >> i am at home in cambridge. the phone rings. this man says, harry reid. i said who? he said, harry reid. the leader of the united states senate. >> i want you to come to washington. i want you to do something for me and the country. >> try to put accountability on how this bailout goes forward to try to hold these banks accountable for the money they
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were getting. right on the spot i just said yes. >> she had written a book about how two wage earners have a struggle. i thought she would be good. she was better even than i imagined. people on that commission, they selected her as a chairman out of all these big shots. >> she impressed me as somebody who was different and had this talent for explaining complicated things in ways that the rest of us could understand. >> these bad mortgages and the securities that were based on them became known as toxic or troubled assets. >> from the start, warren presses the bush administration for answers on what they're doing with the money. helping little guy or just the big banks. >> she never wavered from asking the question, what actually is in the interest of american public in the financial crisis. >> when obama takes office in
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january 2009, he inherits the crisis. >> congratulations. >> with a new party in charge, a confrontational warren continues to ratchet up the pressure on government officials. she's relentless in her questioning of timothy geitner. treasury secretary. >> you are telling me these obligations, the financial instruments that are bought by very sophisticated parties are treated effectively like deposits in checking accounts. they ended up with 100 cent on the dollar government guarantees. >> because there were -- >> they never paid. >> warren drove him crazy. >> she's not the only one to criticize tim. she was one of those that had depth to what she was talking about. >> let me follow up, mr. secretary. i'm afraid i'm a little confused here. >> as a democrat, she was expected to be hard on republicans and soft on democrats. >> i want to push back on this a little bit. >> she was supposed to defer to
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the very senior men who were running the bank bailout. she did none of those things. >> aig received about $70 billion in tarp money, about $100 billion in loans from the fed. do you know where the money went? >> we came at this very differently. he was secretary the treasury and i wasn't. >> we had no power over what the treasury department actually did. we only had the power to embarrass them, i guess. >> there's one clear message from the president, and that is no matter how much money we pump into the financial institutions, until we change the rules that brought us to this crisis, we are not safe. >> coming up -- >> i think she started to see that she's really going to be a lightning rod. tivates decisions. let's get started. when making a big impression matters, use paper. well, how does that sound? we're in! paper and packaging. how life unfolds.
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history. the shooting left one person dead and three injured. a funeral will be held tomorrow. >> whether strong winds played a role in crane collapse in seattle that killed four people. it dropped from a six story building yesterday. it killed the operator and three college students. now back to "headliners, elizabeth warren." as the country tries to pull itself out of the financial crisis in 2009, it becomes clear that banks are being bailed out but taxpayers are not. unemployment surges, forclosures climb. americans watch in disbelief as 401(k)s shrink. congress is trying to not only fix the catastrophic problem but prevent it from happening again. harvard professor elizabeth warren sees an opening to push an idea to protect average americans.
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>> we needed an agency in washington, one that would make sure the large financial institutions didn't build profit models around cheating people. straightforward. >> she wrote about it before the crash in an article called unsafe at any rate in the democracy journal. >> i remember the way she framed that of saying, there's a consumer protection agency to make sure your toaster doesn't catch on fire but not to make sure the mortgage you sign for your house will not cause you to lose your house. that's crazy. >> she lobbies hard for support. as momentum builds for a new agency she gains an ally in the white house. >> she made a very strong case for why this should be a priority for president obama. and it certainly seemed that the idea was consistent with president obama's view, which is we are there to look out for the consumer. >> he makes it a central part of his financial reform package. >> a new and powerful agency charged with one job, looking out for ordinary consumers.
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>> wall street doesn't like it, nor do many in congress. >> this is an agency that will put no in innovation. >> warren works with congressman barney frank who steers the reforms through the house. >> she fully understood both the political constraints and the need to work around them rather than simply stamp your foot and hold your breath. >> she was doing a campaign. inside of washington and beyond. >> she takes her pitch to the public in the face of opposition. >> what i heard the president saying on the consumer financial protection agency is it's not going down. >> in the process, charms john stewart on "the daily show." >> either we fix this going forward or the game is over. >> when you say it like that, when you look at me like that, i know your husband is backstage, i still want to make out with you. >> this new massive super government bureaucracy would have unprecedented authority. >> i think she started to see she's really going to be a lightning rod. part of the education of
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elizabeth warren, she started to understand a lightning rod is not necessarily a bad thing. i will own it. i will own that lightning. let it hit me. >> after an intense political fight, what's known as the dodd-frank act named for the senator and congressman -- >> the motion is agreed to. >> clears its final hurdle in the senate by a vote of 60-39 in july 2010. it gives the government new powers to regulate banks and the derivatives market and creates a council to monitor economic risk. >> the other big part of dodd-frank was the consumer financial protection bureau. >> it's a big victory for elizabeth warren. >> the bill signing was a big moment for the obama administration. it seems obvious elizabeth warren would be front and center. we placed her in the front row.
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who will run this new agency. for many the answer is obvious. >> >> there were a lot of people highly engaged after the financial crisis in how the government was going to respond. a lot of those people saw elizabeth warren as their champion. >> the petition drivers out there to make sure she becomes head of the agency. >> there was a problem in washington. she was so controversial and had so much opposition from republicans and democrats and democrats told obama she would not be confirmed. >> the white house felt this contentious senate confirmation process could drag on for months and wanted to start building the new agency now. >> the president only offers her a temporary job setting up the agency. >> she will have direct access to me and to secretary geitner. she will oversee a staff at the treasury department that has begun to work on this task. good luck. >> warren takes a leave of absence from harvard. there is strong opposition to the agency and her, especially from conservatives like glen beck.
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>> i can't believe i live in a country where that agency and practically every other agency is being run by someone in this case it's elizabeth warren who hates the free market system, wants to destroy it and in some cases want a communist socialist utopia. >> many republicans in congress are also critical. >> we are unenthusiastic about the possibility of elizabeth warren. we're unenthusiastic about this new agency. >> the obama administration decides it's polarizing. we can't nominate her. >> for obama, it was early in his presidency. he wanted to avoid a fight. >> instead, president obama nominates warren's colleague in july 2011. >> i asked elizabeth to find the best possible choice for director of the bureau. those who we found in richard. >> the hard part was then going back and telling the people i hired that i wasn't going to be able to stay.
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you know, sometimes you gotta be the grown-up. >> before warren steps aside, some around her have an idea of what she could do next. >> i wanted barack obama to appoint her to head the agency. she can run for the senate if they don't confirm her. i said, i'm sure she wants to be a senator. if she wants your job, she has to start somewhere. >> she was untested but proved very quickly in that senate race, she's got that. phones down. we need a solution. introducing... smartdogs. the first dogs trained to train humans. stopping drivers from: liking. selfie-ing. and whatever this is. available to the public... never. smartdogs are not the answer. but geico has a simple tip. turn on "do not disturb while driving" mode.
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capturing the late ted kennedy's senate seat. democrats look to elizabeth warren. >> suddenly, you got democrats in massachusetts looking around and saying, she couldn't get confirmed maybe to run the cfpb, but i think she maybe would make a good messenger in a senate race against this republican. we gotta find to take out of office. >> she hasn't held or even run for public office before. >> elizabeth never saw herself as a politician. that's part of why i thought she would be a terrific senator. >> reluctant at first, the 62-year-old officially enters the race in september. >> she was untested but she proved pretty quickly -- very quickly in that senate race, she's got that. >> warren hits her first real stumble when a controversy emerges in april 2012. >> the boston herald had a story that raised a lot of questions about why is it that harvard had in a couple of instances listed her as a minority and a native
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american when there was no apparent proof that she was a native american. >> my father's people objected to my mother because she was part cherokee and part delaware. in order to get married, my mother said they had to go elope. my brothers and i grew up with that. i know myself to be a person of native american heritage. >> she's asked why she listed herself as a minority in the 1980s and '90s. in law school directories. >> i listed myself in the directory in the hopes that it might mean that i would be invited to a lunch, a group, something that might happen with people who are like i am. nothing like that ever happened. that was clearly not the use for it. so i stopped checking it off. >> i think a lot of folks looked at that and they said, this is somebody whose image, whose selling point, whose appeal is that she's genuine. they looked at that and said, boy, that sounds kind of like there's a calculation there.
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>> everybody we talked to kind of said the same thing and gave us the same information, that it didn't play any role in her employment. >> i never got any benefit for my native american heritage. the people who hired me have been absolutely clear on this point that they didn't know and didn't care. >> her responses don't satisfy everyone. warren wins the party's endorsement at the june convention. her republican opponent scott brown raises the native american issue to attack her character during their first debate hosted by wbz-tv boston. >> professor warren claimed she was a native american, a person of color. she's not. >> that may have backfired. a lot of people did see it as at least somewhat racially charged, because he was talking about her appearance. >> i believed my mother and my father and my aunts and my uncles. i never asked anybody for any documentation. i don't know any kid who did.
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>> warren survives and emerges victorious. she defeats brown by eight points and makes history, too. as the first female u.s. senator from massachusetts. >> you took on the powerful wall street banks and special interests and you let them know you want a senator who will be out there fighting for the middle class all of the time. >> you will well and faithfully discharge the duties -- >> she dives into the debates on student loan debt and social security and wall street reform, from her perch on the senate banking committee. >> tell me the last few types times you have taken the biggest financial institutions on wall street to a trial. anybody? >> i would like to offer -- >> i can 100% draw a line between the person that was pushing me on that first day in
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the first class of law school and the person that i see today pushing witnesses. >> i want to ask a question. >> she scares the hell out of wall street. let me tell you why. she's smarter than any wall street banker and she's tougher than any nfl linebacker. >> can you tell me -- >> warren may inspire fear among those she questions, her colleagues see a different side to her. >> you don't necessarily see, for example, elizabeth in a smaller room where there's not a camera just making jokes. she has a great sense of humor. >> whether it's behind closed doors or not, in public, the truth is that unlike a lot of politicians who have good talking points, elizabeth actually cares. >> she earns a reputation for being laser focused, often dashing through the halls sidestepping reporters while her aides try to keep up. >> most of what you see her doing is walking fast through the halls. usually like carrying some literature to read and getting
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ready to question somebody in a hearing. >> i believe in what the democrats are fighting for. >> early on, warren rises in the democratic party. still, she's not afraid to go against president obama on his policies. >> are you ready to fight? all right. no more secret trade deals. >> and his appointments. she opposed larry summers as president obama's favorite candidate to head the federal reserve in 2013. >> she saw him as part of the wall street wing of the democratic party. >> she derails the nomination of an investment banker to a top position in the treasury department. >> enough is enough. with wall street insiders getting key position after key position. and the kind of that we have seen in the executive branch. >> she's accused of going too far. >> the criticism in the case was
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that this was too striking. you were basically saying anybody who is an investment banker is unworthy of a major position in because they are an willingness to stand up to her own party wins her support from the democratic left. early in her first term warren is getting some buzz as many look ahead to the 2016 presidential race. >> i went to a liberal gathering in detroit tlmpt were people all wearing the hats at the conference, run, elizabeth run, they were screaming. they were desperate for her to run. >> coming up -- >> nasty women have really had it with guys like you. >> trump is a low hanging fruit. he's an easy target for elizabeth. he's an easy target for elizabeth. like those from buddy. because stuffed animals are clearly no substitute for real ones.
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elizabeth warren is only a freshman senator when groups begin a grass roots movement to draft her into the 2016 race for president. >> in terms of trying to understand the scale of it, i think there was a general assumption throughout politics that this was a pretty narrow base of the democratic party. >> i think that she did think very hard about the possibility of running. she talked to people about it. >> are you going to run for president? >> no. i'm not running and i'm not going to run. >> it was never sensible for her to run for president. she was a senator for just a few years. that would be the kind of overreach that would have led people to resent her. >> warren goes on the offensive as she and donald trump engage in their very public feud. >> and massachusetts is represented by pocahontas. >> nast nasty --
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>> she makes it clear she is going to fight for the party by going after donald trump. >> you were here long before any of us were here, although we have a representative in congress who they say was here a long time ago. they call her pocahontas. >> now we have a president who can't make it through a ceremony honoring native american war heroes without reducing native history, native culture, native people to be the butt of a joke. >> when confronted about calls for her to settle the issue over heritage by taking a dna test, warren dismisses the suggestion. >> what's wrong with knowing? >> look, i do know. i know who i am. and never used it for anything, never got any benefit from it anywhere. >> you begin to wonder is this
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going to be similar to hillary clinton's e-mails, an issue that keeps coming up over and over again. republicans are certainly going to bring it up. >> you have warren and trump in 2020. take what we saw in 2016 and magnify it by about 1,000. >> in october 2018 ahead of an anticipated presidential run, warren changes her mind and releases a video of the results of a dna test. >> we did find five segments of native american ancestry where we believe theerper rate is less. >> the president likes to call my mom a liar. what do the facts say. >> the facts suggest you have native american ancestry. >> the results show that it's a small percentage. >> is this enough native american to push back i guess on the president's mocking of elizabeth warren? it's a weird question to ask.
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>> despite the mixed reaction surrounding the dna test, warren is still a major player in the democratic party and is up for reelection in the senate in 2018. while republicans are gearing up to try to defeat her, warren keeps her national profile in may donating $5,000 from her own campaign account to every state democratic party. >> i believe that we need to build the infrastructure in the democratic party in every single state in this country. >> while strengthening the democratic party is a priority, warren is also on a mission to fight efforts to weaken dodd-frank, the financial bill she fought for. >> how could it be that this congress is saying i know, let's make it easier for big banks to cheat american families. >> her most personal fight continues to be over the future of the agency she helped create. >> this is what drove elizabeth
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warren into the political arena. she cares deeply about the bureau. >> in 2016, trump tasked mick mulvaney and a long time critic of the bureau to run it. >> i'm pretty sure i'm not the devil. all the stuff you have read about me i encourage you to take with a grain of salt except about the fact of me keeping elizabeth warren up at night. >> warren who has publicly sparred with mulvaney blast him during an appearance before the senate banking committee. >> but in 2012 you voted in favor of a republican budget that called for eliminating the agency entirely. is that right? >> i don't have a specific recollection, but that sounds familiar to me. >> their war of words heats up as the committee hearing continues. >> you have taken obvious joy in
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talking about how the agency will help banks a hot more than it will help consumers. here is what you don't get. this isn't about me. >> as long as it is in business, that is something she will be outspoken about. >> we are here today to fight for the consumer financial protection bureau. >> this is her legacy. she thought it up, dreamed it up and there she birthed it. and now it's under ferocious attack. >> under the trump administration the embattled bureau has been weakened, but it is a cause warren can continue to champion in the senate. she wins reelection to a second term in a landslide. but can she win the biggest political race of all? >> it's all of us in this together, raising our voices. that's how we make real change. >> this life is now about the chance to get in there and use
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every tool we can to help make this a government that truly is once again a government that works not just for a thin slice at the top, a government that works for all its people. i had to grow up without one. in an instant she was gone and it changed everything. >> she dreamed of a career solving crimes, but crime claimed her first. >> gut wrenching pain. >> my daughter, please, please don't let this be true. >> home alone on a sunny afternoon she vanished.
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