Do you think it should matter that Elizabeth Warren listed herself as a minority because she possibly had some Native American blood somewhere in her background? Do you think listing herself as a minority might have helped her career?
Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren said Thursday that she knows she has Native American ancestry because her mother told her so.
Warren?s comments came after nearly four minutes of tense back and forth between Warren and Fox 25 reporter Sharman Sacchetti and 7News reporter Andy Hiller. As both reporters questioned Warren about why she listed herself as a minority in law directories, Warren refused to answer, saying she had already answered questions about her background.
Finally, Warren said, ?I am proud of my family and I am proud of my heritage.?
Hiller followed up: ?Does it include an Indian background??
Warren replied, ?Yes.?
?How do you know that?? Hiller asked.
Warren responded, ?Because my mother told me so. This is how I live. My mother, my grandmother, my family. This is my family. Scott Brown has launched attacks on my family. I am not backing off from my family.?
The campaign of Brown, the Republican incumbent senator, has been pushing the story about Warren?s heritage, after it came out that Warren had listed herself as Native American in the Association of American Law Schools? law directory; and that both Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania listed her as a minority.
While the New England Historic Genealogical Society originally found some indication that Warren was 1/32 Cherokee through her great-great-great grandmother, it later backed off from that claim and said there is no primary document available to prove this. The Warren campaign has not provided any documentation to back up Warren?s assertions that she is Native American.
Warren has said she listed herself as a minority in order to meet others with similar backgrounds. She also referenced a photo of her grandfather who had ?high cheekbones.?
A poll released Wednesday night by Suffolk University found that the vast majority of voters do not think Warren?s ancestry, and whether she used it to her advantage in her career, is a significant story.