Elizabeth Warren Dodges Previous Criticism of Hillary Clinton

by Eliana Johnson

Elizabeth Warren was tight-lipped on Sunday when confronted with her own criticism, leveled in a 2003 book, of Hillary Clinton. The Massachusetts senator is the author of a new book, and many political insiders see her as somebody who could challenge Clinton from the left were she to run for president, though she has repeatedly said she will not, in 2016. 

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos resurrected the interviewing technique that made the late Meet the Press host Tim Russert famous, pointing out that her praise for Clinton today appears to contradict the stance she took a decade ago. Warren, along with several Democratic female senators, recently signed a letter urging Clinton to run for president.

In 2003’s The Two Income Trap, however, Warren criticized Clinton for supporting a bankruptcy bill she said was structured to favor corporate interests. Stephanopoulos highlighted the following quote:

As first lady, Mrs. Clinton had been persuaded that the bill was bad for families, and she was willing to fight for her beliefs. As New York’s newest senator, however, it seems that Hillary Clinton could not afford such a principled position . . . The bill was essentially the same, but Hillary Rodham Clinton was not.

In her most recent book, Warren doesn’t make any reference to Clinton’s about-face. 

“Do you think that, are you concerned that somehow she will bow to big business — those were your words in that book — if she becomes president?” Stephanopoulos asked. 

Watch him struggle to extract an answer.