- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A progressive group blasted President Obama Tuesday for being tougher on liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren than he is on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over free trade.

“President Obama has never attacked Republican Leader Mitch McConnell the way he’s attacking Elizabeth Warren,” the Progressive Change Campaign Committee told supporters in an email. “Will you stand up to big corporations and defend Warren?”

The group is soliciting donations from its 1-million-member mailing list to oppose Mr. Obama’s initiative.

Ms. Warren, Massachusetts Democrat and a darling of the left, is engaged in an increasing hostile battle with the president over his proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The Senate will hold a test vote Tuesday on granting Mr. Obama trade-promotion authority to help him complete trade negotiations with the 11 other Pacific rim nations that would join the agreement.

The president has said in recent days that Ms. Warren is acting like “a politician” on free trade, saying she is trying to curry favor with her liberal base instead of looking at the facts of the deal. Mr. Obama said the pact will improve the economy for the middle class.

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