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Bram, who is a MoveOn member in Western Massachusetts, made the long—and cold—trip to meet his senator and ask her to run for president this morning. Check out what he had to say about asking Senator Elizabeth Warren, to #RunWarrenRun.—Ben
Hi, my name is Bram Haver and I am proud to say that I am a Massachusetts MoveOn member. When I heard last minute that Senator Warren was going to be in Springfield this morning, I knew that I had to be there—even if that meant a 50 minute drive through the snow from my home in Lenox.
I of course wanted to thank her for her leadership for our great state, but I also wanted to express to her why her constituents would love to see her run for president. I can’t speak for everyone, but one of the reasons that I want Senator Warren to run for president is because of my kids.
You see, I’d been saving money for their college funds since the moment I decided to have kids, but suddenly, in 2007, as they were starting high school, their college funds lost one-third of their value. When we bailed out Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, we stuck my kids—along with millions of others—with the bill.
Each of my kids will now graduate with $30,000-$50,000 in debt. I read up on how to save the right way, and followed the rules, and then the bottom fell out. I felt ashamed, even though I knew it wasn’t my fault. It’s wrong that we’re burdening our kids with historic debt while we bail out the banks that got us into this mess. Senator Warren agrees!
Over 200 people gathered to meet Sen. Warren this morning and I was first in line. I’m so glad I got to thank her for being a champion for my kids, and to share my story with her of why I hope she’ll run for president. I also got the honor of handing her the signatures of over 9,000 of her constituents from Massachusetts encouraging her to run.
I can’t tell you what it’s like to not be able to take care of my kids the way I’d hoped to—but I know that millions of parents feel the same way. I’m not ashamed to say that I need Sen. Warren’s help, and that my kids need her help.
When I volunteered for Warren’s Senate campaign in 2012, she promised to be our champion. Now we need a champion as our next president.