Former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, calling her a “progressive champion” in a TIME magazine tribute.
The tribute for Warren, written by Clinton as part of the magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People” issue, remarks on Warren’s task in taking over the Senate seat from the “liberal lion,” former Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.
Clinton says it required a “special kind of leader” to continue Kennedy’s work as a “champion of working families and scourge of special interests.” Warren fit the bill.
“Elizabeth Warren never lets us forget that the work of taming Wall Street’s irresponsible risk taking and reforming our financial system is far from finished,” Clinton wrote. “And she never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants.”
The inclusion of “presidential aspirants” may be what The Hill calls a veiled message to the criticism Clinton has received from the “Warren wing” of the Democratic party that wants a more progressive challenger to Clinton in the primary.
Clinton has, as a possible response, “teased” during her presidential rollout in Iowa a number of policy platforms progressives have praised. She has called upon the Supreme Court to rule same-sex marriage a constitutional right, hinted at a constitutional amendment for campaign finance reform, and criticized the discrepancy in CEO and worker pay.
Clinton concludes her Warren tribute by referring to her as having “an unflagging determination to level the playing field for hardworking American families like the one she grew up with in Oklahoma.”
“She fights so hard for others to share in the American Dream because she lived it herself,” Clinton wrote.