tv Senator Elizabeth Warren Commencement Address at Berkshire Community College CSPAN June 5, 2016 10:20pm-10:42pm EDT
not the same, there is a shared mindset there that sort of views elizabeth worn and views bernie sanders similarly as people who say and do things out on a friends that have never had to work within a system like you would have to do if you were president of the united states, so i do not think it is a terribly warm administration, and elizabeth warren is the loan ne female to the lo not indoors -- steve: those who know are not talking, and those who do know are talking. elizabeth warren buffett yes name keeps appearing. chris: not that serious. i think it is more about a group of what the party would like to happen as opposed to something
that is being seriously considered in the clinton operation. steve: senator elizabeth warren at aered the address college in massachusetts. here are her remarks in their entirety. senator warren: thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you, president kennedy. thank you, trust these. you, faculty and administrators. thank you, family, and thank you, class of 2015 for having me. it is good to be here. i am really tickled. it is a great honor to join you at tanglewood 3: at i am deeply grateful to stand on the stage and share this very special day with you. if i just stand here, i can hear the echoes of the symphony
orchestra playing some of the world's greatest music. i can hear james taylor singing about friendship and love in the berkshires. too. see the future, it a few weeks, lady gaga will walk across this stage just like i did. ok, she will use more explosives and will have a cooler outfit than i do, but you know what i mean. today, we celebrate the 55th commencement of the commonwealth's oldest first community college. this is where it started. so we start with the word of the day. congratulations. and i want to offer my congratulations not just to this graduating class but also to your parents and to your kids, to your family and your friends,
to your teachers and your advisors, and for so many of you, to your employers and your coworkers, as i know as well as you do, you don't get through college all by yourself. making it to this stage requires the support and the understanding and the encouragement of people who love you, people who care about you, and people who really want to see you succeed, so today, we applaud your success and the success of everyone who helped get you here. that is what we do. [applause] warren: now, i know that this moment is a time for celebration, a time to taste the success, but i want to talk about what you had to master to get here, and, no, i am not talking about mastering althoughy statistics, 77.42% of you did that.
i am not talking about overcoming the long, long, long trek from campus to the fitness center. i am not even talking about surviving the roughest winter on record. no. i am talking about mastering a hard art of making something happen. i am talking about learning to fight for what you believe in. sometimes it means fighting for yourself, and sometimes it means fighting for something bigger than yourself. either way, figuring out what andwant is the first step, fighting to make it happen is the necessary second step. now, president lincoln said determined the things that can and shall be done, and then we shall find a way. and today, we celebrate a graduating class full of people who determined that something forand shall be done
graduation, and then you found a way. realyou've faced down some challenges, even some tough ones. i have no doubt that along the way, there were plenty of people who told you what you could not do. plenty of people who said how hard this part would be or how that part would stop you dead in your tracks. work, lefty care, of other things to do besides homework, plenty of reasons not to enroll again next semester, but you hung in there, and you made this day happen. one more time. one more time. [applause] warren: you did it. so today, you're going to walk across the stage and we are to celebrate reaching your goal, but i hope you will celebrate even more the hard work, the determination, the grit that got you here, because those are the ingredients that you will need to reach the next goal and the
one after that and the one after that. now, graduation speakers are supposed to inspire, but i know my limits. i cannot play music like the bso. james taylor.like i cannot put on a fashion isplay like lady gaga, but can set a goal and make it happen, just like you did, so i am here to urge you to use the same skills and determination that got you to this day to help you get to a lot more days that are just as meaningful. i once had a day like this. graduation. for me, it was a celebration of fighting for what i believed in. a family that in had a lot of ups and downs moneywise, and college was not in the cards for me. nobody in my family had made it through college, but i wanted to
be a teacher, and i believed that i would be a good teacher, and i thought that was a goal worth fighting for. the path was tough. i borrowed money. i married jan. i dropped out of school. finally, i gotd lucky. i got really lucky. we moved to a place that was about 30 miles away from a commuter college, were the tuition was $50 a semester. i grabbed that chance, and i held on for dear life, and i've pieced together a enough classes, and i graduated, and best of all, i got that job teaching special needs kids in public school. i loved that job. i think i was good at it. baby on the way, and back then, there were rules about pregnant teachers, so i had to give it up, but i won a big rattle.
i graduated from college for you i had gotten a job as a teacher, and that made me bolder. and each time i bought for something i believed in and one, i believed i could do it again. the challenges got bigger. the results got better. the twists and turns and my life became more and more unexpected, so i just want to rise to -- fast forward. i was a professor, yes, just like your teachers, and for about 20 years, i had been doing research on what was happening to america's work and families. i saw peoplear, getting slammed, cheated on credit cards, mortgages, tricked on payday loans, and it got worse and worse. i watched as they could banks raked in billions of dollars by trapping people in debt, and i watched as millions of families lost their homes, lost their paychecks, lost their hope.
what really burns me deep was that there was plenty of law to the those tanks, that government agencies that were supposed to enforce those laws couldn't be bothered. i wanted to change that. and that is when i had an idea. what if we build a new agency? what if we gathered up all of those laws about mortgages and themumeral loans and gave to one agency, and we gave that agency the tools to enforce the law, a sort of financial copy on the four american amylase, and cop -- a sort of financial for the american people, and what would happen then? so i talked to everyone i could about this idea. i went down to washington. to policy gurus, think
tanks, newspaper people, anybody i could. pretty much all of them told me two things. first, that is a good idea. that is actually an idea that could make a difference. and the second thing they told me, don't do it. think about that. they gave me 1000 reasons not to do it, but the reasons all boiled down to one very painful point. you can't win. don't do it because you can't win. don't even try because you can't win. you will never get to this consumer agency passed into law. they pointed out that the biggest banks in the country would hate this idea and they would send hundreds of millions of dollars to stop it. and they said to me, you are
just a teacher. you've got nothing. you've got no money, organization, political juice. it won't happen, so don't even try. i heard this, but there was something deep inside me that just refused to believe them. they said don't try, and what i heard was try harder. and that is what i did. i jumped in and i fought for that little agency because i truly believed it could make a difference. the way i figured it, you don't win anything that you don't fight for. so i was ready to fight as hard as i could. the fight was just about what you would expect, only worse. the banks hated the idea of a new consumer agency. duh. these guys have built whole business models around treating people and they spent millions and millions of dollars to make sure that there was no cop to
stop them. they hired an army of lobbyists, and i say that, no joke. as the battle heated up when i went to down to washington to fight for this little consumer agency, those lobbyists thundered through the halls of congress in herds. people like me were pushed against the wall like we were invisible. the biggest, most powerful lobbyists in washington, they thought they could eat us for lunch. and sometimes when i was pushed up against those walls, i thought they just might do it. but i didn't back down, and neither did anyone else. we kept looking for ways to make it happen. writing papers, organizing groups, this is david taking on goliath. and, you know what happened? we won. we actually won. [applause] senator warren: i still can't believe it when i say that's little consumer agency, the consumer financial protection bureau, is now the law of the united states. that is pretty dam good.
[applause] senator warren: now, before you go, and you say to yourself when this is all over, you say, i just clapped for the creation of a government agency, i must be turning into a total nerd. let me just remind you about this little agency. it has been up and running for just about four years now and it has already forced the biggest financial institutions in this country to return more than $5 billion directly to people they cheated. now, that is government working for us. that's how it works. [applause] senator warren: that is how it works. [applause] senator warren: so, look, i get
it. i know that building an agency to keep people from getting cheated on credit cards and mortgages may not be on your bucket list. it sure wasn't on mine. at least, it wasn't on my bucket list until it was on my bucket list. and that is really the point. i believed in the good that this little agency could do and so i fought for it. even when people told me i couldn't win. the truth i learned along the way was pretty basic. you can't win what you don't fight for. so, i say to each of you, you want to change something? nobody is going to give it to you. you've got to fight for it. i wanted to be here today not just to be on the same stage where the boston symphony orchestra, james taylor, and lady gaga do their stuff. i wanted to be here because i believe in what you can do. i believe in what you can do if you fight for what you believe in. no matter the odds, no matter who you are up against, if you fight, amazing things can happen. amazing things will happen. after all, we are here to celebrate your amazing
graduation and to think of many more amazing things to come. so, thank you all and keep fighting. [applause] senator warren: thank you. thank you. thank you. we have been talking as part of our road to the white house coverage. and we will move from senator elizabeth warren to senator sherrod brown of ohio. how serious do you think the clinton folks are about his potential name as a running mate? >> i think senator brown is going beyond the short list. i think he makes a three-person cut. i don't know if he makes a two-person cut. i think he is being seriously considered.
he is many things that senator clinton is not. on trade, he is much more protectionist they had she has been in her political career. he's more of a populist in terms of both record and approach. he's got a great, gravelly voice. he has someone who has made good in a swing state like ohio. i think he compliments are in many ways without being what she views as someone who might be difficult to work with in elizabeth warren or bernie sanders. brown is more of an idealist i think then hillary clinton who i think is more of a pragmatist, but he is not in her view so far off on the idealistic wing that he doesn't know how to get things done. he knows the compromises and sacrifices that need to be made. and, he does have a relationship
with her. they did serve together in the u.s. senate. lb it for just a short time. >> there seem to be a couple of variables in terms of what the clinton campaign will want to do. do they want to move more to the left, more to the center to help get republican votes, and what does bernie sanders want moving ahead? >> it is a complicated because there are so many factors. how do you drive the strongest possible contrast against donald trump? remember, usually a vp pick tends to be complementary in some way of the president. does it affirm something? 1992 for example, bill clinton picks al gore, another young son of the new south. in picking brown, i think hillary clinton would say this is a serious ticket aimed at sort of governing. this is someone who has spent time in the house, in the senate, who has these relationships. it would also be a little sop to the left. brown is thatd
someone that is admired. it is a very complicated calculus, what they are uprising today in terms of what they will prize in the day they make the pick. that makes it hard to predict who they wind up picking, but also totally fascinating. >> ohio has been called the swing-y-est of the swing states. it is a pivotal state for both the democrats and the republicans. governor kasich is a republican and harry reid has made it clear that he does not want to see somebody selected from a state that would result in the senate losing a democratic seat. >> you just outlined the strongest argument against sherrod brown. kasich would be able to pick a republican to fill that term until another scheduled election. that wasn't the obviously -- theate the mass --
math for democrats. sometimes, what the white house or the candidate running for the white house and what the senators in that person's own party want run in cross purposes. that does happen. i don't think it rules sherrod brown out, but it is clearly, if you were picking, it is the first argument you hear from people on why not sherrod brown. >> what is the first argument for "running for vice president?" how do these names and these candidates and these individuals go about the next couple weeks? >> it is like fight club. the first rule is you don't talk about it. right? the more you campaign to be vice president, the less seemly that is generally regarded. i think what you see, and this runs the gamut from sherrod brown to elizabeth warren to julian castro to tim kaine. many of the people mentioned. you want to stay enough in the news so that you're not
forgotten, but not so much in the news that it looks like you are needing to be picked to be vice president. it is a very delicate balance. you don't want to be forgotten. you also don't want to look like you wanted to do much. >> i'm going to ask you about the timing. when do you think we will know? >> the republican convention is a week before the democratic convention. trump has said he will not announce his pick until the convention. of course it is trump. he may change that tomorrow. if he does that, my guess is hillary clinton will wait until the republican convention is over and announce her pick in the run-up to the democratic convention. it is possible she does something different and announces it early. but i think you run the risk of trump having this convention that will be decidedly unorthodox and very watchable, getting drowned out if you don't have a new thing for your
convention. i think a lot of it depends on what donald trump does. the hardest thing for anyone watching is predicting what donald trump will do. >> with that background, chris cillizza, his work available online, thank you very much for being with us. in march, senator sherrod brown introducing hillary clinton. we will show you his remarks in how he referenced the democratic candidate. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage, u.s. senator sherrod brown. [applause]