Elizabeth Warren won’t say if she’s a minority on CNN

• July 10, 2012 6:20 pm


Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren would not say if she considers herself a minority, in an interview with CNN that aired Tuesday.

DANA BASH: But Warren has stumbled over an issue she admits has tripped her up. When she applied to teach at Harvard, she identified herself as Native American. Brown pounced, saying there’s no evidence.

ELIZABETH WARREN: I was really surprised that anyone wanted to make this a political issue. I was really surprised by that, and very slow to respond to it.  I’m like any other kid—I learned about my family from my parents.

BASH: Brown won’t let it go, accusing her of claiming minority status to advance her career.

SEN. SCOTT BROWN: When you run for high elected office, you have to pass a test. And that test is one of honesty, and credibility, and trustworthiness and truthfulness—and she’s failed that test.

BASH: Harvard administrators say they didn’t know Warren claimed Native American heritage before hiring her. It’s still raw. Warren bristles when asked if she considers herself a minority.

BASH: So you don’t want to put a label on it?

WARREN: Nope. This is part of who I am. This is who I am.