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Elizabeth Warren Blasts Big Banks at Netroots Nation

July 18, 2014

Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press

July 18--U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., told a crowd at Cobo Center today that "corporations are not people."

In a speech that touched on topics ranging from immigration to culpability in the financial crisis, the Democratic senator -- who now is being encouraged by some to run for president -- offered a list of progressive beliefs, blasting big banks, lobbying and corporate misdeeds along the way.

"Those with power fight to make sure every rule tilts in their favor. That's what we're up against," she told the crowd, which responded with rounds of applause. At times, the crowd broke into chants of "Run, Liz Run," a reference to the next presidential race.

Warren appeared at conference organized by liberal activist group Netroots Nation.

After she finished, actor Mark Ruffalo appeared briefly on stage, saying he was in Detroit to protest the city's controversial water shutoffs for nonpayment.

"It's a choice between our America and the .001%'s America," he said.

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