She tells behind-the-scenes stories of her interactions with President Obama, top White House advisers, members of Congress, and Wall Street bankers.
In her book, Warren highlights the PCCC’s “Draft Warren for Senate” campaign. She also says this about our successful push to get her appointed to set up the consumer protection agency:
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), under the leadership of Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor, organized a petition with the headline “Let Elizabeth Warren Police Wall Street” in 2010. At least thirteen senators signed on to the petition, and as of August 6, 2010, the petition had collected more than two hundred thousand signatures.
We’re launching a national progressive book club, starting with Elizabeth Warren’s A Fighting Chance. The senator will join us for a national conversation after we’ve read her book!
In 2012, PCCC members rallied around Elizabeth Warren’s economic populist message and we were her #1 grassroots supporter.
In 2014, we’ll help her rise to #1 on the best seller list. This will help Warren continue to change the national conversation and signal to all Democratic candidates in 2014 that adopting Warren’s economic populist message is the way to excite the public and win.
Obama and Wall Street bailouts:
“The president chose his team, and when there was only so much time and so much money to go around, the president’s team chose Wall Street…The lost opportunity still makes me want to scream with frustration…Small business owners, homeowners, men and women whose jobs had disappeared: these weren’t numbers on the page, these were millions of people who lost everything.”
PCCC’s “Draft Warren for Senate” campaign:
“The Progressive Change Campaign Committee signed on early with the petition encouraging me to run, and they stayed with me every day right through the election.”
“In those early months in the race, reporters would sometimes ask me a variation of the question ‘What’s it like to run as a woman?’ I always smiled mildly, but I hated the question. I was pretty sure no one asked Scott Brown how it felt to run as a man.”
“I couldn’t be Ted Kennedy, but at least I had a great model for how to fight for what was right.” Warren would listen to an old voicemail left by Ted Kennedy during times she needed inspiration. “It begins, ‘Oh Elizabeth, uh, this is Ted Kennedy, just calling to thank you for your help….’ The message goes on but I just wanted to hear the first part. I just wanted to hear his voice.”
Out-of-touch economic adviser Larry Summers:
“Larry’s tone was in the friendly-advice category. He teed it up this way: I had a choice. I could be an insider or an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People — powerful people — listen to what they have to say. But insiders understand one unbreakable rule: They don’t criticize other insiders. I had been warned.”