Hillary Clinton praises Elizabeth Warren

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Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren at John Kerry’s secretary of state confirmation hearing in Washington. (Photos: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton has nothing but kind words for Elizabeth Warren.

The former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate praised the progressive Massachusetts senator in a piece in Time magazine’s annual “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue.

“It was always going to take a special kind of leader to pick up Ted Kennedy’s mantle as senior Senator from Massachusetts — champion of working families and scourge of special interests,” Clinton wrote in the April 16 issue. “Elizabeth Warren never lets us forget that the work of taming Wall Street’s irresponsible risk taking and reforming our financial system is far from finished.”

Warren “never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire,” Clinton writes, “bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants.”

“Elizabeth Warren’s journey from janitor’s daughter to Harvard professor to public watchdog to U.S. Senator has been driven by an unflagging determination to level the playing field for hardworking American families,” Clinton added. “She fights so hard for others to share in the American Dream because she lived it herself.”

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Some progressives believe Warren couldand should — challenge Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination, but the first-term senator and former special adviser for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has said repeatedly she is not running for president.

That hasn’t stopped Warren’s supporters from urging her to do just that.

“With the 2016 race officially underway, we anticipate more Americans expressing their desire for a vigorous Democratic primary with Elizabeth Warren in it,” Ready for Warren campaign manager Erica Sagrans told CBS News on Thursday. “That would strengthen the eventual nominee, ensure Democrats are better positioned to win the general election and give working families a champion in Washington.”

Warren, for her part, has largely dodged questions about Clinton’s candidacy.

“I think there needs to be a vigorous debate in the whole question about running for president,” Warren said on “CBS This Morning” last week. “I think everyone who is running for president needs to be talking about what they plan to do to strengthen and rebuild America’s middle class. Let’s be clear, this has been my lifetime’s work, and I have watched year by year by year where America’s middle class just has to take one punch after another. We’ve reached a point where this isn’t going to work anymore.”

Clinton wasn’t the only 2016 candidate to contribute to the Time 100 issue. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul praised the Koch brothers for “their passion for freedom and their commitment to ideas.”

“Unlike many crony capitalists who troll the halls of Congress looking for favors, the Kochs have consistently lobbied against special-interest politics,” Paul wrote.

Meanwhile, Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is hailed by House Majority Leader John Boehner.“Mitch McConnell’s mind is a marvelous machine,” Boehner wrote. “He sees the whole field, instantly assessing opportunities and perils.”

Also on the Time 100: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who appears on one of the issue’s five covers.

“Her opinions are always thoroughly considered, always carefully crafted,” Ginsburg’s Supreme Court colleague Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, “and almost always correct.”

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