When people think about the 2016 presidential election, the first name that may come to mind is Hillary Clinton. There’s a growing expectation that Democrats will turn to Clinton as a candidate when the next national election rolls around, but a fresh new face has also cropped up.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is a more liberal candidate compared to Clinton, who falls toward the center of Democratic policy, the Washington Post reports. Recent proof that Warren could offer a marked change from the policies of President Barack Obama — whose approval rating has been waning — came in the form of budget debates.
Obama has been looking to decrease Social Security benefits in order to pass a budget agreement with Republicans. The effort to do so has largely been given up by liberals who don’t want to make such concession, Warren included.
“The absolute last thing we should do in 2013 — at the very moment that Social Security has become the principal lifeline for millions of our seniors — is allow the program to begin to be dismantled inch by inch,” Warren said to the Senate, according to the Washington Post. Some consider the unyielding stance a risky move for Democrats, while others view Warren’s position as a much-needed change from present leadership.