TCTI: Too Crazy To Ignore
Dave Ross
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Senate Banking Committee member Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D- Mass. listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013, from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray during the committee's hearing of "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Semi-Annual Report to Congress." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Could this woman be president?

Hillary Clinton?

No, not that woman, we know she could be president.

I'm talking about Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who said, "We don't grow this country from the financial sector, we grow this country from the middle class."

Wall Street lobbied hard to keep Warren from getting the job as head of the new Consumer Finance Protection bureau, so she raised $43 million without Wall Street, and got herself elected a U.S. Senator.

Now, there is speculation she could seriously challenge Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries.

On Tuesday, she was hammering away at the mega-banks again in a lock-the-bums-up speech to a financial reform group.

"Where are we on ending a system that lets investors and CEOs scoop up all the profits in good times and then sticks the taxpayers with the losses when things go wrong?" she asked.

That appeals to a large group of Democrats, a lot of them under 30, who see Hillary & Bill Clinton palling around with a lot of very wealthy people who don't quite resonate with he middle class these days.

By contrast Senator Warren has been crusading for regulations that would restore the legal firewall between Gordon Gekko and your savings account.

"It would reduce the failures of the big banks by making banking boring," she explained.

And she would break up the mega banks, "So that big banks would still be big, but not too big to fail - or for that matter - too big for trial, or too big for jail."

I get the feeling that every time she speaks - a diamond necktie gets a little tighter.

Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Morning News Anchor
Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.
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