Elizabeth Warren: How Bernie Sanders Has Changed The Democratic Party – Video

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Elizabeth Warren explains how Bernie Sanders’ campaign has changed the democratic party.

Progressive firebrand Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) describes how she thinks Sen. Bernie Sanders has changed the Democratic Party over the course of his 2016 campaign in a recent interview with Policy.Mic’s Zeeshan Aleem.

Asked what impact she thought Sanders has had on the Democratic Party, Warren responded that Sanders has “put forward the arguments about what it means to be a Democrat,” adding that he has helped voters draw a contrast between Democrats and Republicans.

Warren pointed out that because the Democrats have had “two candidates in there fighting hard” that it has “truly shown the gulf with the other side.”

She concluded that portion of the interview by stating:

So I think that what Bernie has done, and this whole Bernie and Hillary process, has been to really draw the distinction between what it means to be a Democrat and what the Democrats and what the Republicans are out there standing for, and I’ve got to say: I’m proud to be a Democrat.

You can watch the interview, below, followed by a transcript – courtesy of Policy.Mic.

Transcript:

ZEESHAN ALEEM: What impact do you think that Bernie Sanders has had on the Democratic Party?

ELIZABETH WARREN: Oh, he’s put forward the arguments about what it means to be a Democrat.

I mean, just watch what the Democratic debates have been about and how they have drawn the contrast with the Republicans. So what have the Democrats debated?

“Should the minimum wage be $12 an hour or $15 an hour?” But all Democrats are saying that we need to raise the minimum wage, and we need to make it a living wage.

“Should we have free college or debt-free college?” But all Democrats are saying we need to reduce the cost of education for our young people.

“What’s the best way to rein in the excesses of Wall Street? Is it dealing with the non-bank financial institutions or breaking up the big banks?” But all Democrats agree we need better control over Wall Street.

These are the kinds of debates we have had because we’ve had two candidates in there fighting hard, and it has truly shown the gulf with the other side.

You know, while Republicans have been saying over and over and over, “Less financial regulation,” over and over and over, they don’t care about the minimum wage, over and over and over, that they’re not there to help students. I mean, I’ve been in the Senate now for three and a half years, and I’ve watched the Republicans vote against refinancing student loans, vote against raising the minimum wage, vote in favor whenever they could to poke holes in financial regulations, and let the biggest financial institutions in this country run wild again.

So I think that what Bernie has done, and this whole Bernie and Hillary process, has been to really draw the distinction between what it means to be a Democrat and what the Democrats and what the Republicans are out there standing for, and I’ve got to say: I’m proud to be a Democrat.

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