U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was named to Time’s 100 Most Influential People list Thursday -- the third time she has made the list -- and her entry is accompanied by a blurb written by 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the woman many Warren supporters hope will be challenged by the senator from Massachusetts for the party's nomination. Clinton called Warren a “progressive champion” who puts pressure on powerful people in the country, “even presidential aspirants.”
“Elizabeth Warren never lets us forget that the work of taming Wall Street’s irresponsible risk taking and reforming our financial system is far from finished,” Clinton wrote, referring to Warren’s role as chairwoman of the TARP Congressional Oversight Committee, the group that oversaw how the Treasury Department administered the $700 billion bailout of the country’s biggest banks in late 2008. “And she never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants.”
In announcing her run for president Sunday, Clinton used similar language to Warren's description of how the country’s political process works for the rich because the rich fund politicians' campaigns. Warren has said “the system is rigged.” During a stop in Iowa Tuesday to kick off her campaign, Clinton said, “the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top and there is something wrong with that,” according to MSNBC.
Warren has repeatedly said she will not run for president in 2016, but there remains an active grassroots draft movement called Ready for Warren to get her to jump into the race. On Thursday, the group released videos from more than 50 supporters urging her to run.
She made the Time list in 2009 and 2010, as the watchdog for TARP and as a consumer advocate. Warren was a Harvard professor at the time she was tapped for the TARP oversight role.