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.”

Photo courtesy of Tennant for U.S. Senate campaign

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spoke during Natalie Tennant’s ‘Rally for the Middle Class’ on Monday in Shepherdstown.

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.

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  • Low Rider

    Elizabeth Warren has a net worth of $14.5 million, lives in a $5 million dollar home, and owns a ton of IBM stock. She is a true 1% 'er.

    And she bashes Wall Street and touts middle class virtues? Hmmm….

    Nice company you are keeping Natalie.

    • Aaron

      Not bad for a college professor.

  • Mountain Navy

    Well one thing is for sure. When Capito wins they cannot say because Tennant was a woman.
    I love how Warren bashes Wall Street when most of her campaign money came from Wall Street. Astounding.

  • Gary Karstens

    Great to have Warren in this state. This state could sure use more progressive minds. We lack thinkers in government. And if Alex X Mooney is elected, it will go down even more.

    Tennant for Senate!

    • Aaron

      Good to have you back Gary. You're twaddle does more to advance the conservative message then 10 reasonable posters on any site. Keep up the good work.

    • Mountain Navy

      Warren is a leftwing loon nutbag who needs to go back up north. She is a liar and a cheat. But than again that is what democrats elect these days.

  • PMQ

    Natalie Tennant???? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.....quit, you are killing me!

    • Mark

      Exactly. She is a joke.

  • Low Rider

    Natalie…the big banks of Wall Street aren't the enemy of WV working families. Liberal elite politicians like Warren, who intend to bury the coal industry are negatively impacting more West Virginians than Wall Street banks.

    Sad to say you've been duped by the Democratic Senatorial Election committee. Parading Elizabeth Warren in front of the WV electorate just cost you some vote…though I doubt you will recognize that.

  • maps

    with tennant and capito, we ,as a state, cannot win

  • thornton

    "They want someone who...... will represent the small businesses.....”...Nat T
    I am not convinced that either lass in the above article understands small business beyond a lemonade stand on the corner of Maple and Third.

    Politics is not fascinating...it is fetid.
    Neither Warren nor Ryan serve to change that fact.

  • Jonus Grumby

    Tennant's association with the likes of Warren will do little to help her in the eyes of an ever increasing conservative West Virginia.

    • stophating

      Not sure that it's possible for WV to be anymore conservative.... Our democrats are to right of most republicans, and our republicans make tea party members seem like left wing liberals

      • mickey

        That's because the state is uneducated, and uneducated people can't think for themselves nor be open to new ideas and ways of bettering life for themselves and others = ignorantly conservative.

        • Mitch

          @ Mickey,

          That's laughable. If the state is still uneducated after 80+ years of unbroken DEMOCRATIC rule, who's fault would that be, genius?
          LOL, liberal logic at it's finest.

        • JL

          And how would becoming liberal better life for themselves? By pandering to gays and illegals? Or by punishing success to redistribute wealth to undeserving poor and the unwilling to work? Or by killing helpless unborn babies? Yes Mickey, I must concede, we are nothing in comparison to your vastly educated and superior liberal mindset!

          • Aaron

            Stophating said regarding taxes that "The total dollar amount may be more, but the percentage is so much less that it is laughable."

            I'm curious stophating, when you say that, do you take into account that 49% of American workers pay zero federal income taxes at all and roughly 1 in 3 families are tax negative. Perhaps if the top teir were raised back to 95%, then more Americans could stop paying federal taxex and become tax negative. Is that your desire?

          • Mitch

            @ stophating,

            Do you even realize that all of the problems you have listed occurred during 80+ years of unfettered DEMOCRATIC rule in the state?
            You apparently aren't smart enough to realize that you are actually making the case for Republicans.
            Are all liberals this simple?

          • mntr bob

            stophating, I remember during the Warren and Brown election a couple of years ago that it was noted that Warren did not opt to pay at the optional higher rate of taxes in her state.

          • ED

            stophating, you are delusional. which tax brackets are you looking at? quit drinking the liberal kool-aid and do some fact checking.

          • stophating

            How about the working class making enough to raise a family and eat something more than Ramen noodles??? I, for one, am sick and tired of paying taxes on my meager income and millionaires and billionaires not paying the same tax rate as I do--damnit--they can afford a bigger rate!!!!!

            Don't give me the job creator crap--that isn't them paying taxes.... Want to know why are roads are in a terrible condition, why are bridges are crumbling---its simple--the rich don't pay nearly the percentage of taxes as the poor!!!!!!!!!!!

            The total dollar amount may be more, but the percentage is so much less that it is laughable.

            @mickey--- I'll agree---if 99% of WV had a thought other than guns, god and welfare--they would never vote for a single republican.

    • axe

      Exactly what I was thinking, like we need someone who even knows a Massachusetts Democrat........

  • ViennaGuy

    I'm still waiting for Secretary of State Tennant to explain how she can be "anti-Wall Street" while taking money from groups such as the Secretary of State Project, which was funded in part by Wall Street magnate George Soros ... somehow, I doubt I'll get an explanation.

    • stophating

      The difference between democrats and republicans now is that democrats choose to lie and say they care about the working class. Whereas republicans don't even bother to lie.

  • C. F. T.

    Tennant followed her script well, almost as good as she read the news on TV back in the day, fact that Tennant is a Liberal, actively supported Obama and brought Warren (Left of Hillary and rates one of the most Liberal members of the US Senate) to campaign for her cannot be glossed over with deceptive and word coded phrased.

  • Independent View

    Liz Warren is vehemently against use of coal. She said that "green technology" will not only improve the quality of life in the U.S., but it will stimulate tremendous economic growth!
    REALLY? Where have we heard this line before and what did it cost the taxpayers?
    Further, Warren is an avid gun control supporter and believes the Second Amendment needs changing and aligns herself with Bloomberg and his ilk.
    Surely the DNC said to Natalie Tennant, this is our best standard bearer, take it or leave it.
    And, as a last note, with Allen Tackett as Tennant's campaign manager, it underscores what I said many times. Tackett was more politician than AG and enlisting as a private and rising to a Brigadier General certainly required kissing a lot of backsides. But, he parlayed it into a campaign manager position.

    • proudlyconservative

      West Virginians forget, or perhaps never knew, that former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney brought the northeasten states' lawsuit against Appalachian coal burning power plants. You obviously have access to the Internets, so check out Romney stumping on coal killing people. And please continue letting regressive Republican policies kill our state in the meantime.

      • Aaron the sociopath

        Could you detail these "regressive Republican policies" that are killing our state?

        • proudlyconservative

          An LGBT individual isn't even guaranteed employment non-discrimination in West Virginia. That's regressive.

          • Pickle Barrel

            Last time I checked, the Democrats controlled the House, Senate and Governor's Mansion in West Virginia. It's Democrat officeholders that won't allow LGBT rights, not "regressive Republican policies."

            Get your facts straight before embarrassing yourself.

          • JL

            Aaron, He/she/it finds it regressive that she hasn't yet been granted special privileges and policies propelling her above others with similar skills and intelligence. Poor little LGBT.

          • Aaron

            So if LBGT were a protected class, how does one prove their status?

            Other than that small detail, how exactly is the fact that LBGT is not a protected class destroying West Virginia?

  • Dumb Liberals

    Heapem load of bull shoveled by the wanna-be squaw. I believe her given Indian name is Squaw Buffalo Crap. That would make Tennant squaw dung beetle.

  • Aaron

    For all this talk of Democrats standing up to Wall Street, people forget that TARP was a program written by 3 people; former Wall Street executive Hank Paulson, Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and was passed by a Democratic Congress.

    • axe

      Gotta laugh at the poor little rich democrats ,

  • Gary

    Tennant by bringing Warren to WV showed her true colors and would be another Obama puppet like Rockefeller.

  • RogerD

    Having Warren campaign for Natalie pretty much erases any moderate credentials she may have held.