Warren Brings Plenty Of Baggage On Clinton Campaign Trip

BOSTON - Sen. Elizabeth Warren joins Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail today, bringing plenty of baggage - including her past work to deny health care coverage to coal miners, an effort opposed by the Clinton Administration. 

 

"Elizabeth Warren travels with lots of baggage as she joins Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.  She carries her prior attacks on Hillary Clinton's coziness with Wall Street and the hypocrisy of her work as a hired corporate gun fighting the Clinton Administration to deny health care to coal miners.  The Clinton campaign will need a bigger bus for Warren's baggage." -MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes
 
Background:
Despite claiming to stand up for working people, Warren worked on behalf of a giant corporation to deny health care coverage to coal miners, an effort opposed by the Clinton Administration.  
"Warren also helped write a petition to the US Supreme Court for LTV Steel in the 1990s, assisting the former industrial conglomerate in its fight against a congressional requirement that it pay millions of dollars into a fund for its retired coal miners’ health care."
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"But opponents, including the Clinton administration, argued that LTV and other companies challenging the statute were trying to take advantage of the bankruptcy laws to avoid their responsibility. And mine workers and their advocates also argued that if LTV or any other company tried to avoid paying into the Coal Act fund, the entire fund could collapse."  
(Noah Bierman, "Elizabeth Warren assisted mining company," Boston Globe, 9/25/12)

Warren implied that Clinton was bought off by the credit card industry in a 2004 interview. 
WARREN: “As Senator Clinton, the pressures are very different. It’s a well-financed industry. You know a lot of people don’t realize that the industry that gave the most money to Washington over the past few years was not the oil industry, was not pharmaceuticals, it was consumer credit products. Those are the people, the credit card companies have been giving money and they have influence.”
MOYERS: “And Mrs. Clinton was one of them as senator.”
WARREN: “She has taken money from the groups and more to the point, she worries about them as a constituency.”

(Bill Moyers Show, "Clips: Elizabeth Warren Takes on Hillary Clinton and Alan Greenspan," 9/5/14)
 
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