5 Things to Know About Elizabeth Warren – Will She Be Hillary Clinton's VP?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton spent about an hour chatting in the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s Washington, D.C. home on Friday morning, fueling rumors that Clinton might enlist Warren as her vice president. A Democratic strategist even called the rumored pairing “the ultimate dream ticket.”
But just who is the Massachusetts senator? Here are five things you need to know about the Oklahoma native.
1. She is Wealthy – But Doesn’t Flaunt It
Warren, 66, is worth between $3.7 million and $10 million, according to CNN Money – she and her husband reportedly own a three-story Victorian home assessed at $1.9 million.
Despite her wealth, mainly held in mutual funds and retirement accounts, Warren has fought for student loan reform, the middle class and condemned policies that cater to the wealthy.
“Big banks, powerful corporations and billionaires – people who can afford to hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers – have amassed more and more wealth,” she wrote in a CNN op-ed.
“Meanwhile, the foundations of our once strong middle class have begun to crumble, and families have been caught in a terrible squeeze.”
It is unclear whether the presumptive GOP nominee really believes Warren is the wise Powhatan princess portrayed in the 1995 Disney film, but Trump has consistently called Warren Pocahontas as a jab some have said targets Warren’s self-proclaimed Native American roots.
“Pocahontas is at it again! Goofy Elizabeth Warren, one of the least productive U.S. Senators, has a nasty mouth! Hope she is V.P. choice,” he tweeted on Friday.
One day later, he wrote: “Goofy Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, pretended to be a Native American in order to advance her career. Very racist!”
Warren’s supporters don’t seem to be bothered by the nickname, though. In fact, one supporter purchased the Pocahontas.com domain name and redirected it to the senator’s website.
3. She Was the Subject of a Western-themed Rap Music Video (No, Really)
In 2010, a group called the Main Street Brigade released a music video, calling for Warren’s nomination for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government agency that regulates financial institutions.
The comical video featured a simple hook: “Got a new sheriff/Got a new sheriff/Elizabeth!”
The video didn’t do the trick though. President Obama declined to nominate Warren as director of the watchdog agency in 2011, CNN reports.
4. She Graduated Law School While Pregnant
When her daughter, Amelia Tyagi, turned two, Warren headed to law school at Rutgers University.
“Shortly after she graduated, her son Alex was born,” according to Warren’s website. “She practiced law out of her living room, but she soon returned to teaching.”
Warren has taught law at Harvard for nearly 20 years and wrote multiple books, including A Fighting Chance which became a New York Times bestseller.
5. She is a Lean, Mean Debating Machine
Warren was a debate champion in high school, and her arguing chops even landed her a debate scholarship from George Washington University, CNN Money reports.
She showed off her skills in several debates with former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown as the two battled to be the state’s senator.