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Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wove details of her personal history — her father’s heart attack, her mother’s minimum wage job, her commuter college — with calls for a radical remaking of America’s economy and political system, as she spoke in Seattle on Sunday to what her staff called the largest crowd of her 7-month-old campaign.
The U.S. senator from Massachusetts described a country that has gone off course. When she was a child and her father got sick, she recalled, her mother was able to take a minimum wage job at Sears that paid the mortgage and put food on the table. When Warren went to college, she said, it cost $50 a semester. Law school was $450 a semester.
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“Today, a full-time minimum wage job in America will not keep a mama and a baby out of poverty, that is wrong,” Warren said, underneath the Space Needle, at Seattle Center. “Understand this, that difference is no accident, that difference is who government works for.”
Warren, who is running second or third among nearly two dozen Democratic candidates in polling averages, described a government that works for drug companies, but not people filling prescriptions. A government for investors in private prisons, but not for families torn apart by incarceration. A government that once had two political parties that aimed to address climate change, but now, largely, does not.
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“When you see a government that works great for the rich,” Warren said, “that works great for the wealthy and the well-connected and is not working so well for everyone else, that is corruption, pure and simple.”
Warren, who’s known for her two-dozen or so detailed policy plans to address specific issues, spoke on a broader level to a crowd that her staff estimated at 15,000.
Crowd - Size - Evidence - People
The crowd size, she said, was evidence that “people are ready for...
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