Two MA-Sen items of note this morning. First, Elizabeth Warren is on the air. Her campaign has released a 30-second ad that will be running statewide starting today. It references the cost of student loans – a hot issue right now, because the interest rate on student loans will double from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1 if Congress does not act, and Warren is separately running a petition to keep that from happening. It’s an interesting strategy – not the fuzzy, soft-focus “get to know me” ad that one might expect from a first-time candidate, but rather, one that delivers some very basic biographical info while also concisely delivering her basic economic message. Here’s the ad:
And in other MA-Sen news, WBUR’s Morning Edition has a report from Fred Thys on how Warren’s former students at Harvard Law see her. The bottom line: they all love her – even the conservatives. Thys reports that he spoke to about 60 former students, and that he made a special effort to reach out to students who could be expected not to share Warren’s political views, such as members of the Federalist Society and law clerks to Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito. Yet he could not a find a single student who didn’t think Warren was an excellent professor.
The story isn’t posted in WBUR’s website yet; I’ll update when it is. Here’s the story. Money quote:
We reached out to more than 60 people, and we tried in particular to reach out to conservatives — members of the Federalist Society and former law clerks of Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. We could not find one former student with anything negative to say about Warren.