New York’s labor-backed Working Families Party is supporting U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts over Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, should Warren decide to run.
Focused on political, economic and educational equality for working- and middle-class families, the Working Families Party is known for its often left-of-liberal positions. And as far as it concerns Clinton, she’s just not progressive enough, compared to a candidate like Warren.
WFP voted Monday night to “join the campaign to draft” Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic senator and darling of the progressive movement, to enter the 2016 presidential race in which many assume former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic front-runner—if she decides to run.
WFP Director Bill Lipton said the party wants a candidate willing to fight against the big banks and corporate establishment, and they believe Warren has shown she’s got the teeth for the job: “Senator Warren is the nation’s most powerful voice for working families fighting against a set of rules written by and for big banks,” Lipton said in a statement. “That’s the debate we want to see.”
On the party’s website regarding the announcement of their support of Warren, it wrote: “She’s taken the fight directly to Wall St. and to the big banks that increasingly have a vice grip on our economy and our democracy. She’s led the effort to create a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
“She’s fought on behalf of students and recent graduates suffering from crippling student loan debt, and to change the debate in D.C. from a discussion over whether to cut Social Security into one about how we can grow it.
“Convincing Senator Warren to jump into the race for president would be a game-changing moment for the progressive movement and for our country.”