Elizabeth Warren, the former consumer watchdog and Wall Street reformer running for Senate in Massachusetts, offered a bullish outlook Sunday for her election chances.
Speaking on a call with volunteers organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee -- her grandchildren audible in the background as she drove between rallies -- the Democratic candidate said she liked what she saw in the Bay State.
"I think we're going to make this happen," Warren said.
Her optimism may have been buoyed by recent polls that give her an edge, but she also was talking to a group of people who were closing in on making 500,000 calls to get out the vote for Warren against Republican Sen. Scott Brown.
Warren took questions and reminded her listeners of what she thought the election meant.
"The race is about what kind of a country we want to be," Warren said, arguing that the country envisioned by Republicans is a harsh, unforgiving one. "They say, in effect, I've got mine, and the rest of you are on your own."
She added that it was up to people like those making calls and getting people to the polls to get the result they want.
"This is really democracy," Warren said.
She also pledged to not cut Social Security or Medicare, and got in a plug for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that she built -- and which she noted Mitt Romney would end.
"The more good work it does, the stronger it will be and the harder it will be to get rid it," Warren said of her marquee achievement. "But right now it's just a little baby agency, so one of the important things to do is protect that agency and obviously it's one of the things I want to do by going to the United States Senate."