Elizabeth Warren was already a rock star among progressive activists, but a new video featuring the Massachusetts Senate candidate trashing the idea that taxing the wealthy is tantamount to "class warfare" is electrifying Democrats who view her as one of the party's best electoral hopes in 2012.
The video, which you can see above, has been linked on dozen of progressive blogs in recent days after it was posted on YouTube by someone claiming to be unaffiliated with Warren's campaign. It features the former White House adviser during a pre-campaign tour in August discussing the back and forth between Democrats and Republicans over how to solve the nation's financial crisis.
"I hear all this, you know, 'Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever,' " Warren says, referring to President Obama's push to roll back tax cuts on the wealthy. "No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody."
"You built a factory out there? Good for you," she continues. "But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did."
She adds: "Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."
It's a message sure to boost Warren's already high standing among Massachusetts Democrats, as she prepares to take on incumbent Sen. Scott Brown, a moderate Republican who is facing re-election next year.
A Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday found Warren, who officially joined the race last week, statistically tied with Brown in the contest—erasing the senator's initial 15 point lead in the race.
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