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Third Way Co-Founder Explains Op-Ed Criticizing Warren

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Kessler said that the op-ed was not meant as a personal attack on Warren, but that she gave a popular voice to a plan that concerns Third way.

"She is a very compelling elected official and national figure," he said. "Her involvement in that particular bill, we just looked at it and said 'okay, this seems to be starting to get out of hand.'"

The group's op-ed incited a negative response from progressives and Warren herself. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee called on multiple Democrats to cut ties with Third Way, and Warren said the group was "flatly wrong" about its belief that Social security is insolvent.