Elizabeth Warren urges grads to fight for 'what is decent' in current political climate

Elizabeth Warren urges grads to fight for 'what is decent' in current political climate

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow On The Money: Trump dismisses 'phony Emoluments Clause' after Doral criticism | Senate Dems signal support for domestic spending package | House panel to consider vaping tax MORE (D) urged graduates to "fight for what is decent and just" on Saturday during her commencement address to Lesley University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Art and Design.

Warren told graduates to "put everything you’ve got" into fighting for causes they believe in during Saturday's ceremony in Boston, The Associated Press reported.


Americans are “facing a deep set of challenges," she added.

But, she continued, “I believe in you. I believe in your persistence. And I believe your persistence will make all the difference. I believe your persistence will save our democracy."

One of those challenges, Warren said, is that high student loan debt across the country has limited millions of young people's opportunities.

“High student loan debt limits opportunities for millions of young people. Our country is fractured but I believe we can piece it back together if we persist,” she said.

Warren also joked during her remarks about recent events, including rapper Kanye West's viral defenses of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE on Twitter and Trump's tweets themselves.

“Life is full of unexpected challenges, things that pop up and make you wonder about reality. I mean, is Kanye really OK?” she asked. “Did someone bite Beyoncé’s face? Did the president of the United States really tweet about — let’s not talk about that.”

Warren, 68, considered a top potential Democratic challenger in 2020, has said that she is not actively considering a run for president but has raised eyebrows in recent months with statements alluding to possible political ambitions.

Earlier this year, Warren dodged a question on whether she would serve a full six years if reelected this year during an interview with NBC.

"We can't just be a party that says, 'Oh, we're paying attention about what happens every four years.' And I know there's a lot of anxiety, particularly on the Democratic side, about how we are going to deal with Donald Trump in 2020," she said in March.

"I take it as a no you're not pledging to serve your full six-year term if you win reelection?" NBC anchor Chuck Todd asked in response.

"I already told you. I have no intention of running for the United States, for president," she responded.