Maryland Rep. Raskin endorses Warren ahead of Iowa caucus

Maryland Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinOvernight Energy: Trump officials may pursue offshore drilling after election, report says | Energy regulators to delay projects pending appeals | EPA union calls for ‘moratorium’ on reopening plans Energy commission rule will delay pipeline construction during appeals process House holds first-ever proxy votes during pandemic MORE (D-Md.) hailed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE as an effective progressive leader in his official endorsement Wednesday of the Massachusetts Democrat in the presidential race. 

Raskin said in a video announcement over Twitter that he would be “proud to campaign” for any Democrat in the crowded field, but added his top choice is “emphatically” Warren as he highlighted her fight to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

“Elizabeth Warren has the chance to recapture the moral center of America and make it the political center of our party,” he said. 

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Raskin touted Warren’s work to create the CFPB after the 2008 mortgage crisis. He said that some politicians were “content to pass a trillion dollar bailout” of big banks, and others protested without offering a practical way forward. 

But Warren, he said, “demanded sweeping accountability and institutional reform in the financial sector and then advanced an idea to protect American consumers, workers, retirees and the besieged middle-class of our country.”

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“Elizabeth Warren wasn’t even in Congress yet, and yet she organized the Senate and she organized the House to pass the most important financial policy reform in our country since the New Deal,” Raskin said. 

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“Most people who’ve spent their entire careers in Congress have never done anything comparable to that,” he added. 

He said it showed the “courage” and “political skill” the next president will need to clean up the current administration, which he called a “money-making operation for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.”

“Elizabeth Warren has the passion and the expertise to lead Congress to sweep away all this structural, financial and political corruption and redeem the promise of American democracy,” Raskin said. 

His official endorsement came less than two weeks out from Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. 

A Des Moines Register/CNN Poll, widely considered the most authoritative poll in Iowa, released earlier this month found Sanders leading the field at 20 percent. He was closely trailed by Warren at 17 percent, based on the poll. 

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