Sen. Warren addresses New Bedford crowd about economics, middle class

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — United States Senator Elizabeth Warren made a stop in New Bedford Thursday for a presentation on income equality at the city’s First Unitarian Church.

Warren, who recently spoke at the Democratic National Convention in support of Hillary Clinton, addressed the crowd of 400 for over an hour about economics and the middle class.

Without saying the name “Clinton,” Warren encouraged people to turn out to vote in November in a grassroots effort. Warren warned the biggest problem the middle class faces is politics – with Congress selling out to corporate lobbyists. Then, she offered some hope.

“Here is the silver lining, there is some good news in this story,” she said. “If government has been taken over by the rich and the powerful then the rest of us can take it back.”

The senator channelled her professor side by showing slides that broke down the numbers. She showed how student loan debt, the deregulation of Wall Street and lobbyist dollars are chipping away at the middle-class.

Eyewitness News asked Warren how she is going to prove to Americans that there are issues with Reagan’s trickle-down economics model.

“Trickle-down economics is an experiment that we have tried for 35 years and it has been great for the top ten percent in America, it has been a disaster for everyone else,” she said. “We got to find our voices, our votes and fight back.”

Members of the crowd said Warren’s message resonated with them on a personal level.

“In a democracy, we can make changes, but you got to be aware of what the problem is and support the people who are going to make the changes,” said Ron Weisberger said.

Mayor Jon Mitchell was also present – and he joined in on the grassroots movement.

“We’ve got a good organization organized downtown right here in New Bedford and we’ve got about 100 days more or less to make it happen,” he said.

Sen. Warren has been giving similar speeches all around the state. While they are not considered campaign speeches, they do echo many of the issues Clinton is pushing.

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