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On The Trail With Elizabeth Warren: Call for 'Big Structural Change'

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., shown here campaigning at Manchester Community College in January of 2019.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the former law professor and consumer advocate from Cambridge, Mass., has long talked about fighting for progressive reform, everything from tax policy more supportive of the middle class to gun safety.

As she campaigned around Iowa, a sign on the side of her RV reads, "Honk if you want big structural change." It was a good start to a conversation with the NPR Politics Podcast, in a series partnership with Iowa Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Radio.  

Warren says Americans need a frank discussion about what's broken in Washington:

"Why it is that this democracy isn't working. Why we can't get gun legislation through, for example. Why it is that we can't get a wealth tax through. Why it is that our kids are struggling under a trillion and a half dollars of student loan debt, and what happens? Donald Trump and the Republicans give a trillion and a half dollars away to bazillionaires and giant corporations."

This interview was conducted by NPR's Asma Khalid and Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters. 

Warren continues to deliver an economic message, one tailored to the middle class.

"We have had enough of an America where the government works better and better and better for a thinner and thinner slice at the top," she said at a recent campaign event. "2020 is our chance. we can make this government work for all of America. Let's do this Democrats. Dream big, fight hard, let's win." 

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