Warren to appear in Obama campaign documentary

Democrat Elizabeth Warren is seeking to unseat Republican Senator Scott Brown.
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Democrat Elizabeth Warren is seeking to unseat Republican Senator Scott Brown.

Elizabeth Warren’s Hollywood ties have been mocked by Republicans. Now, she’s about to get her own star turn in a Democratic movie.

The Harvard Law School professor and consumer advocate who is seeking to unseat US Senator Scott Brown has scored a role in a slick documentary produced for President Obama’s reelection team. The film is directed by Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim, who also directed “An Inconvenient Truth.” It’s narrated by Tom Hanks.

The trailer for the film, “The Road We’ve Traveled,” was released today on the Obama campaign website. The full film -- 17 minutes, according to The New York Times -- will be released next week at Obama campaign field office parties, and seems designed to motivate grassroots supporters, a group that is particularly enthusiastic about Warren’s candidacy. After the movie is aired March 15, senior strategist David Axelrod will answer questions from supporters using a remote connection, according to a campaign release.


The lighting and sound give the trailer an epic feel, making the president look heroic, as his role in tackling national problems is “told by those who saw it.”

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The two-minute trailer features interviews with a handful of White House insiders, including Vice President Joe Biden, former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and Austan Goolsbee, a former economic advisor. Warren, who served in the White House as a special adviser on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, praises Obama for orchestrating the auto industry buyout.

“If the auto industry goes down, what happens to America’s manufacturing base? What happens to jobs in America? What happens to the whole Midwest?” she asks, against the backdrop of Obama, with his sleeves rolled up, meeting with auto workers in a factory.

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