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Elizabeth Warren, the consumer advocate who this week announced that she would run for the Senate in Massachusetts in 2012, appeared on "The Rachel Maddow Show" Wednesday night to speak about her candidacy.
Warren said she was spurred to run against incumbent Scott Brown by "getting out and talking to families all around in Massachusetts ... who said, 'We're in real trouble here, and we need someone who's gonna talk about these issues.'"
"I've been told a lot of times about what's not possible," Warren said, when Maddow asked about Washington's intractable political culture. "I was told when I was down in Washington, we couldn't have a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the reason was because the largest lobbying force ever assembled on the face of the earth has said 'no, they've said they'll kill it, they've said it won't happen," and you know, my view on that just meant, then you stand up and you push harder, you push back, you don't step down ... we're talking about the whole future of the middle class."
"I am not giving up on this," Warren continued. "I am ready to take this fight all the way to the floor of the United States Senate."
Before the interview, Maddow noted that Brown's lax attitude toward business regulations have made him is a favorite among Wall Street donors; he receives more money from hedge funds and venture capital firms than any other senator.