But far from being acolytes of the liberal Massachusetts senator, they are the attendees at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference.
In interviews with CNN, a dozen conservative activists at CPAC this week voiced some of the very concerns that helped vault Warren to celebrity status among Democrats.
“I don’t like them,” Diane Marie, a self-employed Ted Cruz fan from Chicago, said of big banks. “I just think they have too much power, too much control.”
Tom Ferguson, 69, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, said the growing gap between the rich and poor is “devastating.”
On the issue of income inequality, conservative activists were dismissive of the notion that the government could play any productive role in bridging the divide between the poor and the wealthy.
“Big government is what’s causing it,” said Maggie Wright, 69, of Burleson, Texas. “There are so many people that are able to work but are getting handouts and dependent on the government.”
Still, financial watchdogs and reform advocates are optimistic that the convergence of conservatives and liberals on issues like Wall Street’s influence in Washington can help elevate their cause.
“While we might not agree on the solutions, both the progressives and the right are upset when we see wealthy, powerful elites and corporate interests pushing real people out of policy making decisions and dominating the political debate,” said Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director of Democracy for America. “Both sides loathe the degree to which our leaders work with big business to write the rules to benefit themselves, rather than everyone else.”