SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, says her campaign event with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday in Jefferson County was about “saying ‘no’ to Wall Street and ‘yes’ to West Virginia.”
“I’m running because I’m putting West Virginia values first over Washington’s and over Wall Street and this was a clear message that West Virginians want that,” Tennant said Monday afternoon following a campaign rally with Warren in Shepherdstown that was billed as a “Rally for the Middle Class.”
“They want someone who represents them, who will represent the small businesses and not the big banks on Wall Street.”
Warren’s appearance with Tennant is the latest she’s made on behalf of Democratic candidates in U.S. Senate races heading into the fall. She’s scheduled to be in Michigan later this week to support Gary Peters, a Democratic Senate hopeful.
“I strongly support Natalie’s campaign because I have no doubt she will work in the Senate to make sure working families have a fighting chance to succeed in this country again,” Warren said on Monday.
Last month, Warren was in Kentucky for an event for Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state and a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate who’s trying to unseat U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Earlier this year, Senate Republicans, lead by McConnell, blocked Warren’s legislation that would have let college graduates refinance their older student loans at lower interest rates. Tennant said she would support that legislation and, on Monday, launched a statewide Education Tour outlining her own education policy priorities.
Retired state Adjutant General Allen Tackett, the chairman of the Tennant for U.S. Senate campaign, admitted Tennant and Warren do not agree on all of the issues. “Natalie does not support Elizabeth Warren’s point of view when it comes to the coal industry and the working miners in the state of West Virginia,” he said.
In June, Warren took to the U.S. Senate floor to speak in favor of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s proposals to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s power plants by 30 percent within the next 15 years.
“I am pro-coal and I am pro-coal miner,” Tennant said when asked about Warren’s coal views. “And I will stand up for our coal jobs in West Virginia if it means standing up to Senator Warren or to the President or to others who would try to undermine our ability to have our jobs.”
Warren was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. A former Harvard law professor specializing in bankruptcy law, Warren was appointed to the Congressional Oversight Panel — which was created to oversee TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program — in 2008. She helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Barack Obama.
Her visit to West Virginia came on the same day Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was in Charleston for a business roundtable alongside Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.
Both Ryan and Warren have been named as possible Presidential candidates in 2016.