AS A FORMER five-term state senator and Democratic candidate for governor, I have had many opportunities to see and hear firsthand what Granite Staters need from their government. The people of New Hampshire are tough, but they want a government that will work with them and for them.
When I was campaigning, I listened as many Granite Staters voiced their concerns and ideas on a broad range of issues that impact their lives. From equal opportunity and affordable education, to making sure that everyone has quality health care within reach (including reproductive care), to taking on climate change and, most importantly, putting our families and children first — they want a leader who will fight for a better life for everyone.
That leader is U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. She is in this fight to build an America that works for everyone. Her comprehensive policy plans are meant to ensure that the government works for all of us — not just those at the top. Elizabeth understands that economic injustice is the core of a system that is failing families in New Hampshire and around the county and she is ready to change that!
Her campaign slogan, “Dream Big, Fight Hard” is not just rhetoric; Elizabeth imagines what is possible, then makes it happen. She is the architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — a federal agency that opened its doors in 2011 and has fought corporations to return more than $12 billion to hard-working Americans. That fight prompted her to challenge and beat a popular male GOP incumbent in 2012, winning her U.S. Senate seat despite being told she couldn’t win.
The very first bill she introduced as senator was to provide relief to student debt. Granite Staters have the third highest student-loan debt in the nation, and Elizabeth has a plan to take on student debt which is holding down an entire generation of young Americans. Further, she will make sure this crisis never happens again by eliminating the cost of tuition and fees at every public two-year and four-year college in America.
Like Elizabeth, I was a young mother who was able to build a life for my family because of education. Education was my hope, as it is for so many. No one should be limited from expanding their education and career options. But, that is not enough.
For far too many, a lifetime of hard work is put in jeopardy because of an unexpected health emergency, even with insurance coverage. Access to health care needs to be within reach — that includes reproductive health care, which is at risk and has been under ideological attack for far too long. I campaigned on universal health care and support Senator Warren’s position that every person should be able to access care at the lowest possible cost — that’s why she is a co-sponsor of Medicare for All legislation. Health care shouldn’t cause financial ruin — put simply, that is not the American way. Medicare for All is health care for all.
I am honored to be endorsing Elizabeth during the campaign’s Women with Warren month. As women organize for Elizabeth across the state, I’m reminded that New Hampshire women — like women across the country — are underpaid for the same work men do. Elizabeth has long fought for equal justice and opportunity for everyone, across gender, race, age, sexual identity, immigration status and more.
I am all in with Elizabeth Warren. She’s been on the ground in New Hampshire talking to Granite Staters about what they need. Elizabeth has been to 27 states and counting to connect with voters and, of course, taking selfies at all of her events. I am thrilled to be fighting to make her our 46th President and hope you will join me to knock on doors, host events and make sure we elect Elizabeth Warren.