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September 6, 2012

U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren brings DNC hall to its feet

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“Mitt Romney’s the guy who said corporations are people. No, Gov. Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they cry, they dance. They live, they love and they die, and that matters,” Warren said in one of many lines that got the arena crowd on its feet cheering.

Brown has previously derided Warren as a “rock thrower” who would make the Senate more partisan.

Warren spoke just ahead of former President Clinton, who delivered the nominating speech, and her words resonated with people from both inside and outside Massachusetts.

“Elizabeth Warren was so impressive. I’m such a big fan of hers, and I think she’ll lift us to great heights,” said U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on her way out of the convention hall.

“I’ve been a fan of her for a very long time,” said West Virginia delegate Elizabeth Cruikshank, who said she first saw Warren on The Daily Show, but said Wednesday’s speech showed a more personal side of the candidate. Cruikshank said, “Every time that I’ve ever listened to her previously she has been like a numbers-oriented person. Today she brought it home that she is a mom and a grandmother.”

For others, the speech was an introduction.

“I think Elizabeth Warren was absolutely outstanding. She was solid,” said Mike Davis, a California assemblyman from the Los Angeles area who said he knew of Warren only “peripherally” and had never heard her speak before. Davis said, “I think she was very magnetic, drawing you closer to not only her as she spoke, but the message and it resonated.”

The Senate campaign in which Brown is attempting to retain his seat by fashioning himself as an independent voice is nothing new to Massachusetts politicians, but they also offered praise for the speech.

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