U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren considers Richard Cordray one of the straightest shooters she’s ever seen.
The liberal Democrat from Massachusetts also knows Cordray’s personality well, poking fun at him as “the nerd we need” as Ohio’s next governor.
The pair, pivotal in the creation and direction of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, were united again Thursday in Columbus as Warren sought to rally votes for Cordray ahead of Tuesday’s election.
The frequent foil of Republican President Donald Trump, who derisively calls her “Pocahontas,” took jabs at Republican policies and agenda items as she talked up Cordray.
Warren and Cordray addressed a mostly young crowd of slightly more than 100 at TRISM, a bar and cafe across High Street from the Ohio State University campus.
She did not mention his name, but took one swipe at Cordray’s major-party opponent, Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine.
Warren called out DeWine for his 2011 legal effort to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional and scuttle its guarantee of coverage for pre-existing health conditions, which DeWine says he always has supported. “Health care is a basic right,” she told the crowd.
She also never brought up Trump’s name, but blasted Republican moves to route tax cuts to the wealthy, stymie health-care reform, while not acting on college affordability and disdaining the science that finds climate change is real.
Warren was her most virulent in attacking corporate greed and Wall Street banks and institutions that fueled the 2008 economic recession — leading to the creation of the consumer bureau.
She described receiving a call from former President Barack Obama about piecing together the agency to level the playing field between consumers and corporate America.
“One of the smartest phone calls I ever made,” Warren said, was to Cordray, whom Obama appointed as the bureau’s first director. He served until stepping down late last year to run for governor.
Warren called Cordray “fearless and effective,” saying DeWine’s predecessor as attorney general could not be corrupted as the federal consumer watchdog.
“What he cared about was what was right for the American families who had been cheated,” she said.
“It’s our time to fight back,” she said, calling on the audience to vote Tuesday before she and Cordray posed for selfies with a line of dozens of mostly Ohio State students.
Cordray has been courting young voters, calling them the “least bigoted, least prejudiced and least stereotyping generation” that will lead America to a more diverse, tolerant future. He continued as he stood alongside Warren. calling on the mostly young audience to “go to the ballot box and make a change — make a change for Ohio.”
“If we get high turnout among young voters, it is over,” Cordray said. “We will win Ohio.”
In a statement, DeWine campaign spokesman Joshua Eck said, “If Richard Cordray’s recipe for winning the election next week is to remind voters that he has ultra-liberal friends in D.C., then I like Mike DeWine’s odds.”