By Lucy Feickert
*Elizabeth Warren is a Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, in case you haven’t heard of her.
1. People like her.
Well, people that know of her like her. According to an August Quinnipiac University poll, Warren was third (behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton) most favored on a list of politicians. Also, Warren received wide support during her 2012 Senate campaign and has numerous supporters urging her to join the 2016 race.
2. She is hard on Wall Street.
During her time in the Senate, Warren has pushed for regulations on the banking giants responsible the 2008 financial crisis. She is publicly and adamantly anti-corporation, and often expresses Occupy Wall Street-style sentiments. Warren’s position on this issue has prompted concern from Wall Street about what her candidacy (or win) might do to their bottom line. While dislike from Wall Street will won’t help her, she sides with the views of many Americans.
3. She used to be a Republican.
Up until about 20 years ago, Warren was a Republican, which can help her in the race. Reagan changed his party affiliations midlife, which allowed him insight into the rhetoric of the Democratic party even as he appealed to his own Republican party. Warren could be in the same situation, able to win over Republicans as well as her own Democratic party.
4. She won a Senate seat on the first try.
In 2012 Warren ran for the US Senate having never held an elected office, and won, proving she’s electable and that she can do it, even without many years of experience.
5. She could beat Hillary Clinton.
This is a bit of a crazy statement, but it’s not completely original. Warren challenges Wall Street, while Clinton has historically when closer to the corporations. While Clinton’s ties to Wall Street (and the banks’ fear of Warren) could lead to greater campaign contributions for her, the current climate expresses disfavor toward Wall Street, which points in Warren’s favor.
6. She’s a woman.
According to a 2012 Gallup Poll, 95 percent of Americans would vote for a qualified presidential candidate who was female. A steady increase in support for a female leader shows that at this point, America is ready.
7. She’s really pretty awesome.
Warren is dogged in pursuing the answers she wants and holding people accountable (see video—just one of many in existence). She doesn’t back down or let things slip through the cracks.