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Warren draws a crowd in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

There was a big turnout Friday at the Burlington's First Unitarian Universalist Society Church to hear Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speak in Burlington.

It was a sold-out event to promote her new book, but it sounded a lot like a campaign speech. Except she insists that she's not looking for a spot in the Oval Office just yet

"I think she's well-educated and she has her head on her shoulders and I agree with her," said Mary Gundel from Burlington.

Warren has been vocal on many issues, mostly surrounding the growth of the middle class. The people lined up said they wanted to hear her thoughts on education and the economy.

"There's a big gap between the rich and the middle class and we need to lower that gap. And she's a champion who will do that," said Tyler Dana from Essex.

They weren't disappointed.

The hour-long talk started with passages from her new book "A Fighting Chance" which she described as a thank-you to her parents and their generation for building the America that shaped her life.

"I grew up in an America that was investing in kids like me," said Warren

The rest, including the question and answer session, was a lot of what people attending expected to hear: Warren spoke about the importance of the Consumer Protection Agency which she helped create and said more needs to be done to regulate and separate big banks on Wall Street.

She also addressed the hot topic of college loans, pointing to her early college years, where she says she paid $50 a semester.

"Cost of college is out of sight, going up every year. It's very much an issue we need to address, but we cannot let it blind us to dealing with the debt that's already out there. We have to do both. This is a 'both and' not an 'either or,'" said Warren.

She also urged her audience to get involved in trying to push her "Bank on Students" bill through the Senate, where it has stalled.

"We might be the first generation in American history to see our children do worse than we did," said Warren.

And though the talk sounded a lot like a campaign, she says she's not gunning for the White House.

"So listen, I am not running for president," said Warren.

Later Friday night Warren was the featured guest speaker at the David Curtis Leadership Awards. It's the annual fundraiser and recognition event for the state's Democrats at the Champlain Valley Expo.

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