WASHINGTON — The presidential candidates should emphasize an economic agenda that cuts across income levels, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Wednesday.
“Americans aren’t just worried about their future, they are also angry — angry that too often, Washington works for those at the top and leaves everyone else behind,” Warren told the Center for American Progress, a liberal-leaning think tank. “Angry that Washington gives fat tax breaks to corporations for CEO bonuses, but won’t raise the minimum wage.”
Warren, D-Mass., spoke at a CAP Action Fund event, held to analyze the domestic and foreign policies presented in this presidential campaign. More than 70 people were in the audience. Warren focused on the differences in Republican candidate Donald Trump’s and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s economic platforms.
She’s for Clinton. The senator urged listeners to address “the loud, orange elephant in the room,” detailing Trump’s plans to renegotiate America’s debt and grant large tax breaks to corporations.
Warren said Clinton will offer the bold, economic reform the country needs and called Trump a “thin-skinned, racist bully,” a phrase she has repeated in the past to refer to the Republican nominee.
Warren and Trump have been vocal in expressing their views of each other.
“Goofy Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, pretended to be a Native American in order to advance her career. Very racist!” Trump tweeted on June 11.
Warren responded in an interview with WBZ that she would not “shut up” just because Trump had called her names.
The Trump campaign could not be reached for comment on the remarks Warren made at the Center on Wednesday.
Warren’s speech follows her urging the chief executive of Wells Fargo, John G. Stumpf to resign after a bank scandal involving fake accounts. On Tuesday, Warren also accused Stumpf of “gutless leadership” when he testified before a Senate committee.
“@WellsFargo’s definition of “accountable” is to push blame on low-level employees who don’t have money or PR firms to defend themselves,” Warren tweeted Tuesday.
“Part of the reason that we chose [Warren] for the keynote address was because she’s just been a very vocal leader in a lot of these issues that are mobilizing voters to the polls,” said Beatriz Lopez, the managing director of communications at CAP Action Fund.