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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MADDOW/WARREN (22 April 2014)

Tuesday night featured several good interviews. In the 7 PM (MT) hour, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D, MA) was interviewed on The Rachel Maddow Show by host Rachel Maddow.

Senator Warren is the author of the book The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are Going Broke and recently released another book titled A Fighting Chance.

Warren's specialty and focus is on economic policies, specifically how the practices of the last thirty years have impacted the American middle class and their ability to maintain economic stablity for their families.

Elizabeth Warren's political career began with this viral video while she was running for the US Senate in 2012. There were these lines in particular:

I hear all this, oh this is class warfare, no! There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.

You built a factory out there -- good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory...

Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea -- God Bless! Keep a Big Hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.

Warren addressed the 2012 DNC along those same lines and ran on a platform of economic populism and fairness in her senate election in Massachusetts. Warren defeated the incumbent senator, Scott Brown, in 2012.

Warren's appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show was about her new book and to promote her views on relieving college students and their families of the student loan debt that saddles them. Senator Warren is rumored to possibly run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2016. Whether she has higher office in her sights, she represents a voice within the Democratic Party of that fairness matters.

Complete interview provided below.

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