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At Home With Sen. Elizabeth Warren Before Election Day

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    1-on-1 With Elizabeth Warren

    Speaking from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren discusses her re-election campaign against Republican Geoff Diehl.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018)

    For almost 23 years, Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been home to Elizabeth Warren and her husband, Bruce Mann.

    But since getting elected to the U.S. Senate six years ago, Warren has spent much of her time in Washington. Mann, a Harvard Law School professor, holds down the fort alongside their new golden retriever, Bailey, while Warren is away.

    Her travel schedule that has ramped up considerably in recent months — a point her Republican opponent, Geoff Diehl, often highlights as proof Warren's not committed to Massachusetts.

    Then, last month, Warren made an eye-catching statement at a town hall in western Massachusetts.

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    "After Nov. 6, I will take a hard look at running for president," she said.

    What kind of reaction has she gotten?

    "Some people have said, 'Yeah,' some people have said, 'Oh, I don't know about that,'" Warren said. "But at the end of the day, like I said, I'm not focused on it right now."

    The latest poll shows only 17 percent of Massachusetts Democrats want her to run for president. Warren says she's not good with polls, but she will certainly take a closer look after the election.

    Warren quickly segues from any potential presidential bid and onto the importance of the midterm. She has become one of the most outspoken Democrats when it comes to taking on President Donald Trump.

    "I just am who I am," Warren said when asked if she would try to beat him at his own game. "I don't get to sit around and say, 'Gee, if I were a different person, I could fight this fight differently.' I spent my whole life working on what's happening to America's middle class, how it is just getting hollowed out.

    Warren is unapologetic about her style or approach.

    As for the assertion by some that she's too polarizing to be president, Warren said, "All I think about is how it is that we can make the changes we need to make as a country. We cannot continue down the path that gives away $1 trillion and a half to billionaires and giant and corporations."

    The buzz on a potential Warren presidency increased last month when she put out a video taking on the controversy over her Native American ancestry. The rollout received a good deal of criticism.

    In retrospect, would she do anything differently?

    "This is just who I am," Warren said. "I've put 10 years of tax returns out. I have put out all my employment records, and yeah, took a DNA test and put it all online. Anybody can go, they can look at it."

    Warren dismisses the idea that she is not able to work across the aisle, pointing to 12 of her proposals that have become law since Trump became president, including one that will allow the hearing impaired to buy affordable hearing aids over the counter.

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    "When you get to do something like that, it makes everything about this job totally worthwhile," she said.

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