Who is Elizabeth Warren?
In-depth look at the Massachusetts Senate candidate
- Duration 5:07
- Date Jun 13, 2012
In-depth look at the Massachusetts Senate candidate
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-- balance of power that is in the United States senate is hanging by a thread as Democrats hope to keep their slim majority and it could all come down to one state where nagging controversy.
Has been -- this race.
In the closely watched Massachusetts senate race one issue has been -- Democrat Elizabeth -- for months.
Is she in fact any minority due to her claim of being part Cherokee Indian.
This issue to bed in.
You are in fact.
A member of a minority group itself.
I called middle class families are getting hammered.
I've been out talking to people about this all across the commonwealth and Cherokee Nation -- -- know they may seem easy come.
Like I have -- the facts clearly and what I'm trying to do is talk about in this senate race what matters to America's families.
Our opponent was quick to seize on her attempts to dodge the controversy.
What is it that you would like.
-- that I I don't really.
All I've asked is the same thing you've been asking is did answer the questions and tell the truth Warren insists that she's just going by what her family is always told her.
This is -- my Brothers and I.
Mom dad I'm on my -- sometimes.
And -- But the closest genealogy is confined is a marriage license application for her great great grandfather which lists his mother as a Cherokee.
This is from -- nanny for marriage record so it's as reliable as however -- -- as the sun new.
In terms of what he was saying about his mother's ancestry I have lived in a family that has talked about native American talked about trying to.
Since I've been a little girl my aunt ruby has remarked that he might -- -- Had high cheekbones.
Like all of the Indians do because that's how she -- being native American has been part of my story.
I guess since the day I was born we grow up on what our family tells us -- -- our family.
But the problem is it wasn't just her making this claim.
Harvard university's law school began reporting quote a native American female professor.
In federal statistics for the 199293.
School year when she was.
First hired a Harvard relied on those representations they made representations to the federal government.
And as a result of that they recorded certain things.
Representing diversity that in fact wasn't there.
Potentially took advantage of opportunities at that I would have been made available to them have been available to them do that diversity and its.
-- now while she previously admitted identifying herself in a legal directory as a Cherokee in an attempt to quote meet.
Other people like herself for months -- said she did not know that Harvard was making the claim or where they got their information.
But now her campaign has released the statement saying quote.
At some point after I was hired by them I provided that information to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard.
She still insist that it has nothing to do with why she was hired and that she is not benefited from that label.
And joining us now -- Washington Michelle feels a reporter for the daily caller Michelle always good to see of.
And I think the -- you know it's amazing in in this it it's it's like she's is seemingly.
I think of people arguing here she -- misrepresented the truth.
-- -- work for -- benefit of them work for Harvard's benefit.
They didn't do due diligence and background and now she's being confronted with a -- keeps vacillating how big how big a deal -- Like -- this -- to question her integrity and her character.
And you know this is going to be that -- gonna deal for Republicans who live in Massachusetts because they are never gonna vote for her and he -- But -- are moderate incomes and conservative Democrats who weren't out who are for affirmative action right now saying -- I don't want to vote for someone who gained the system.
-- took advantage.
Economic opportunities and took advantage of the history and the struggles of native Americans.
Is it gaming the system and is it also the denial and the for the parsing of words and threading the needle seems events.
You know you know she didn't come clean right away instead she's constantly going back -- for -- then.
They ignoring the question and are trying to dodge the question and -- just coming forth and coming clean and saying yes I did do this I did say that's.
But suddenly -- saying that this is essential to who she is but when she started off her campaign she talked about.
How she was native American how that that was very close to her now all of -- sudden it's essential to her life and who she is a what.
-- you say about a liberal university like Harvard University.
Where you know -- we using this to go out there and -- we've got a native American female professor.
Did they know better.
Yeah you know I'm not sure but you know they should be the ones and bring her -- -- liberals and progressives Tuesday that for diversity who are for affirmative action.
They shouldn't -- those ideals and condemn her for taking advantage of those ideals and it advantage of those program.
-- unbelievable Michelle -- -- thanks so much for being with us appreciate it.