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Warren says Clinton will stay on progressive path despite outreach to GOP

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WASHINGTON — Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said she believes Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will keep her primary-era promises to support liberal positions despite her recent efforts to woo Republicans.

“She’s trying to show the Democrats have a big tent and Republicans who are horrified by Donald Trump can find a welcome place here,” said Warren in a telephone interview with the Globe.

“I want to underline that Secretary Clinton has laid out a very explicit agenda for president and made clear what she will stand for.”

Warren, who was vetted to be vice president but passed over for the more conservative Tim Kaine, declined to say whether she’d accept a position in a Clinton administration.


Clinton has said she wants 50 percent of her Cabinet to be female, and potential roles for Warren would include Treasury secretary or the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a new agency that was Warren’s idea.

“I went to Washington to fight for working families,” Warren said. “I think that this Senate seat is a great place to fight from. It’s an enormous honor.”

“I can’t imagine there is any other job in Washington that I’m better suited to,” Warren added.

Warren said she’s going to continue advocating for one of her pet causes: pushing for federal appointees and regulators with track records of being tough on the industries they oversee.

And that could mean using her clout in the Senate to oppose appointees seen as too close to big business no matter who wins the presidential election.

“The people of Massachusetts didn’t send me to Washington to roll over,” Warren said. “They sent me there to fight on behalf of working families and fight to be sure we have good people to serve in all parts of government.”

One aspect of Warren’s behavior may soften: her refusal to participate in so-called hallway interviews with Washington-based reporters covering the Senate.


“We’ll have to see,” said Warren. “I’ve spent these first years focused like a laser on a core set of issues. And tried not to get distracted with offering an opinion on everything that comes along.”

But, Warren added: “I understand the question. It is something to think about.”

However, she still made an argument for keeping mum, noting: “My job is not to pop off on every topic that comes along.”

Annie Linskey can be reached at annie.linskey@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @annielinskey.