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Run, Liz, Run: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveils her declaration of principles

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wowed an eager crowd of supporters in Michigan with a speech outlining the 11 basic tenets of progressivism.

Warren was confident, energetic and apparently captured the hearts and minds of the crowd of liberal bloggers and activists at Netroots Nation in her speech Friday, according to Politico.

"What are our values?" Warren asked, as supporters cheered. "What does it mean to be a progressive?"

The Massachusetts senator, who in recent weeks has generated a great deal of buzz about a possible 2016 bid, went on to lay out the 11 rules of her political ideology, which have been neatly compiled by National Journal's Emma Roller:

- “We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we're willing to fight for it."

- "We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth."

- "We believe that the Internet shouldn't be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality."

- "We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage."

– "We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them."

- "We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt."

- "We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions."

– "We believe — I can't believe I have to say this in 2014 — we believe in equal pay for equal work."

– "We believe that equal means equal, and that's true in marriage, it's true in the workplace, it's true in all of America."

- "We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform."

- "And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!"

And for good measure, Warren made sure to mention the supposed philosophy of the Republican Party: “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own."

Anyway, it's nice to see that she has a list of beliefs that she can rattle off on demand. But you know who else started off politics with a starry-eyed declaration of principles?



How'd that work out?
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T. Becket Adams

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The Washington Examiner

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