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Leaked Email Details Clinton Agitation Over Warren

Phil Hall
Oct 10, 2016
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Hillary Clinton’s campaign to secure the Democratic presidential nomination was beset with angst on how to deal with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), according to information unearthed in the latest WikiLeaks presentation of Clinton’s secret emails.

According to a Washington Examiner analysis of the emails, the Clinton campaign viewed the decision to support the return of the Glass-Steagall Act, one of Warren’s key legislative goals, as a “political decision.” Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s main challenger for the nomination, had been vocal in his desire to see the Glass-Steagall Act reinstated.

"I am still worried that we will antagonize and activate Elizabeth Warren by opposing a new Glass-Steagall," wrote Mandy Grunwald, a Clinton communications adviser. "I worry about defending the banks in the debate. I understand that we face phoniness charges if we 'change' our position now — but we face political risks this way, too. I worry about Elizabeth deciding to endorse Bernie."

Gary Gensler, a former regulator under President Obama and chief financial officer to the Clinton campaign, stated that spoke twice with “EW” (presumably an acronym for the Massachusetts senator) on the subject, but the results of those talks were not shared in the email. Ultimately, Clinton broke with Warren and argued against bringing back the Glass-Steagall Act.

Tensions between Clinton and Warren were visible during the primary season: Warren was the only female Democratic senator that did not endorse Clinton while Sanders was still in the race, and she spoke highly of the Vermont senator without making a formal endorsement. Warren saved her endorsement until Clinton secured the delegates to earn their party’s nomination, and later became a highly animated critic of Clinton’s rival Donald Trump—who, ironically, voiced his support for the return of the Glass-Steagall Act.

 

Published
Oct 10, 2016