Elizabeth Warren Definitely Noticed The Bizarre Attack Ad That Aired During The GOP Debate, That’s For Sure

Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, looks on as US President Barack Obama addresses the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast September 7, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Obama is to announce an executive order that will give hundreds of thousands of employees working for federal contractors up to seven days of paid sick leave annually. The measure, which will affect approximately 300,000 people, applies to new contracts beginning in 2017, and gives workers one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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During Tuesday night's Republican debate, a commercial against Elizabeth Warren ran multiple times. It warned against the dangers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a consumer watchdog agency created by Warren. The spot depicted the CFPB as housed in a Soviet-era government building, complete with cold grey walls, stone-faced bureaucrats, and ominous banners featuring the face of — you guessed it — Elizabeth Warren! Not surprisingly, Warren spotted the commercial, and responded to it on Twitter. 

The idea of the commercial, see, is that the CFPB equals communism, which would make Warren the modern-day equivalent of Josef Stalin. Subtle! Of course, the truth is nothing of the sort. Warren first proposed a consumer watchdog agency in 2007, when she was a Harvard Law professor, and the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill created the CFPB. The agency is not, as the ad implies, a Stalinist boot crushing the throats of innocent consumers. It spends most of its time regulating credit card companies and penalizing banks for deceptive business practices  boring but important things.

The ad was produced by an advocacy group called American Action Network, and it aired several times during the debate. Eventually, Warren herself piped in.

[Twitter Embed: https://twitter.com/elizabethforma/statuses/664285956669890560]

This isn't the first time the CFPB has been used as a political football. President Obama had initially planned to appoint Warren to head the agency. However, Senate Republicans pledged to block her appointment at all costs, so he removed her from consideration. Ultimately, this short-term victory backfired spectacularly on Republicans. Because the GOP obstinately refused let her head the CFPB, Warren decided to run for the Senate instead. Now, of course, she's a senator, and that's a far more powerful position than head of the CFPB.


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