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How Jon Stewart made Elizabeth Warren ill

US Senator Elizabeth Warren.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren.(Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)

Senator Elizabeth Warren has no trouble standing up to the financial services industry, but Jon Stewart? That she cannot stomach. In her book “A Fighting Chance,” which comes out next week, Warren reveals that the prospect of sitting down with Stewart in 2009 was so daunting, she got sick to her stomach. Twice. “I was miserable. I had stage fright — gut-wrenching, stomach-turning, bile-filled stage fright. And I was stuck in a gloomy little bathroom, about to go on ‘The Daily Show,’” the Democrat writes. “I was having serious doubts about going through with this. I had talked to reporters and been interviewed plenty of times, but this was different. At any second, the whole interview could turn into a giant joke — and what if the joke turned on the work I was trying to do?...For the zillionth time, I asked myself why on God’s green earth I had agreed to sit down with Jon Stewart.” She goes on to describe the sitdown, which, after a rocky start, ends with Stewart impressed by her acumen.


Mark Shanahan can be reached at shanahan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at mgoldstein@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.

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