April 29, 2016

In Warren For Veep Speculation, A Reminder That Warren Once Alleged Clinton Can Be Bought

In today’s Washington Post, columnist Eugene Robinson makes the case for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Robinson’s argument is that Hillary Clinton is hopelessly compromised with the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. To repair that damage, Clinton needs Warren as her Vice President:

“If there is a specific issue on which Clinton is weak with the Democratic left, it is not the FBI investigation of her emails. It is her perceived coziness with Wall Street, highlighted by the six-figure speaking fees she was paid by investment bank Goldman Sachs.”

In more ways than the obvious, a Clinton-Warren ticket would make history. It would be the first time in American political history that the Vice Presidential candidate had previously accused the Presidential candidate of being corrupted by campaign donations.

In a 2004 interview with Bill Moyers, Elizabeth Warren stated that Clinton voted for the 2001 version of the bankruptcy bill because she received significant campaign donations from the credit card industry:

ELIZABETH WARREN: “She voted in favor of it.” BILL MOYERS: “Why?” WARREN: “As Senator Clinton, the pressures are very different. It’s a well-financed industry. You know a lot of people don’t realize that the industry that gave the most money to Washington over the past few years was not the oil industry, was not pharmaceuticals, it was consumer credit products. Those are the people, the credit card companies have been giving money and they have influence.” MOYERS: “And Mrs. Clinton was one of them as senator.” WARREN: “She has taken money from the groups and more to the point, she worries about them as a constituency.”

Due to the prominence of Clinton’s paid speeches, Warren’s 2004 allegation against Clinton has re-surfaced at numerous points in the Democratic primary. During the campaign, Clinton’s defense of her speeches has been to say that there is not one decision she’s made that has been influenced by the money she received. Yet if Clinton follows Robinson’s advice and puts Warren on the ticket, she’ll be elevating the one person who has proved Clinton’s statement wrong.