Warren vows to continue fight as GOP wins Senate
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she’s going to keep championing the values she’s pushed since first winning election two years ago, even as Democrats prepare to cede control of the Senate to Republicans.
The Massachusetts Democrat said Wednesday that she’ll “continue that fight from any platform” she can, whether Democrats are in the majority or the minority in the chamber.
After Tuesday’s election, Republicans claimed at least 52 seats in the next Senate, with the outcome still to be determined in a handful of races.
Warren said even with majority control of the Senate, Democrats have been stymied by Republicans.
“They blocked raising the minimum wage. They blocked equal pay for equal work. They blocked reducing the interest rate on student loans,” she said.
“The Republicans have been blocking the things we need to move this country forward and they’ve been doing that even from the position of the minority,” Warren added. “So we’re just going to have to get out there and talk about our priorities and push back.”
Asked if Democrats would try to use the same delaying tactics against Republicans, Warren declined to say.
“The question is what we’re fighting for,” she said.
Warren said she’ll also continue to push for greater disclosure of campaign spending.
She pointed to the millions spent by the Republican Governors Association — which she said gets its money from corporate interests — on behalf of GOP candidate for Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker, who narrowly defeated Democrat Martha Coakley.
“She had to run uphill against outside money every single minute of this campaign,” Warren said.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, issued a statement Wednesday saying Baker’s win “primes Massachusetts for a turnaround.”
Christie said the association was a strong partner in Baker’s win, spending more than $11 million — most of it funneled through the Commonwealth Future super PAC — to help air television ads.
Warren said that while better disclosure of the sources of funding by outside groups would be a good first step, the country needs to consider a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which paved the way for a flood of campaign cash from corporations and unions.
“Once they have declared that corporations are people that are entitled to pour as much money as they want into campaigns then we’ve got a real problem with democracy,” Warren said. “They are trying to drown democracy in their dollars.”