ED: 1-2 AS WE HAD TO QUESTION
THREE. MARGARET MARSHALL IS THE ONLY
WOMAN TO SERVE AS CHIEF JUSTICE
OF THE MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME
COURT. SHE IS NOT A NATIVE OF THE
UNITED STATES FOR THE WERE
ISSUED FROM? MS. LISS-RIORDAN: SOUTH AFRICA. ED BORN IN NEWCASTLE AND FOUGHT
AGAINST THE APARTHEID SYSTEM. YOU ARE A BROOKLINE RESIDENT SO
LET’S FINISH WITH A BROOKLINE
QUESTION. IT IS THE HOME OF A MUSEUM THAT
CONTAINS A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF
WHAT? MS. LISS-RIORDAN: AUTOMOBILES. ED: THE MUSEUM HAS THE OLDEST
COLLECTION OF MOTOR CARS HERE IN
THE UNITED STATES. VERY NICE, TIDY 3-4. JANET: COME BACK NEXT TIME AND
YOU WILL GET THEM ALL. ONE OF YOUR EARLY VICTORIES WAS
AGAINST A PIZZA CHAIN. PROVING YOU CAN TREAT EMPLOYEES
PROPERLY AND MAKE MONEY. CLOSING AFTER FOUR YEARS. IS RUNNING A BUSINESS HARDER
THAN FOLKS THINK? MS. LISS-RIORDAN THAT WAS A
FABULOUS EXPERIENCE I HAD. THE SITUATION WAS THE UPPER
CLASS PIZZA CHAIN. THE CASE I HAD AGAINST THEM ON
BEHALF OF IMMIGRANT WORKERS, RAN
THEM INTO BANKRUPTCY, SO I
BOUGHT THE HARVARD SQUARE
LOCATION AND RENAMED IT THE JUST
CRUST TO HAVE A FAIR WORKPLACE FOR WORKERS. I THINK THAT GAVE ME AN
INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE. I KNOW HOW TO RUN A SMALL
BUSINESS. MY LAW FIRM IS A SMALL BUSINESS. JANET: DID YOU MAKE MONEY DOING
IT? MS. LISS-RIORDAN: WE DID OK. JANET: TURNED A PROFIT AFTER
FOUR YEARS? MS. LISS-RIORDAN: WE TREATED
WORKERS FAIRLY AND IT WAS A
GREAT EXPERIENCE. MY DAY JOB GOT IN THE WAY AFTER
A WHILE. I WAS PROUD OF WHAT I WAS ABLE
TO DO OVER FOUR YEARS. ED: THE U.S. SENATE OBVIOUSLY
HAS BEEN DEADLOCKED OVER MANY
ISSUES OVER THE LAST YEARS. I WILL GO OVER THE LAST FOUR
PARTICULARLY. WHAT COULD YOU PUT ON THE TABLE
THAT WOULD MOVE THE BODY AND
MOVE CONGRESS AS A WHOLE
FORWARD? MS. LISS-RIORDAN: SO I THINK
THERE IS SO MUCH THAT WE NEED TO
BE FOCUSED ON TODAY, BECAUSE WE
ARE A COUNTRY IN CRISIS RIGHT
NOW. I THINK YOU ARE UNDER ATTACK,
WOMEN ARE UNDER A — THINK
WORKING PEOPLE ARE UNDER ATTACK,
WOMEN ARE UNDER ATTACK. DEMOCRATS NEED TO TAKE BACK THE
SENATE. I’VE SET PEOPLE SAY TO ME THAT
WE NEED TO TAKE BACK THE SENATE,
WHICH WE DO. AND I’VE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THAT
WHEN WE TAKE BACK THE SENATE CAN
WE NEED SHANNON THERE BECAUSE WE
NEED BIG, STRUCTURAL CHANGE, NOT
JUST NIBBLING AROUND THE EDGES
CHANGE. ED IF YOU WENT THERE AND
PRESIDENT TRUMP GETS REELECTED,
IS THE PRESIDENT A ROADBLOCK, IN
YOUR OPINION? MS. LISS-RIORDAN: OBVIOUSLY WE
HAVE A LOT OF FIGHTING WE NEED
TO DO. WE NEED TO GET HIM OUT OF THE
WHITE HOUSE. THE MESSAGE I HAVE BEEN TALKING
ABOUT, AS I HAVE BEEN TRAVELING
RUN MASSACHUSETTS AND WHAT WE
NEED TO DO TO BRING POWER BACK
TO WORKING PEOPLE, THIS IS A
MESSAGE THAT RESONATES ACROSS THE SPECTRUM. I HAVE CLIENTS THAT VOTED
REPUBLICAN, EVEN VOTED FOR OUR
PRESIDENT, AND THEY DON’T LIKE
BEING SCREWED OVER BY THEIR
EMPLOYER IN THE WORKPLACE. THEY LIKE WHAT I HAVE TO SAY. I THINK THERE ARE CHANGES THAT
NEED TO BE MADE, AND I AM AFRAID
THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE LOST OUT
ON THE COMPOSITION OF CAPTURING
THE VOICE OF WORKING PEOPLE. I THINK WE NEED TO TAKE THAT
BACK, AND THAT IS WHAT I WANT TO
GO TO WASHINGTON TO DO. JANET: DO YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT
EVEN WITH YOUR ELECTION, UNLESS
DEMOCRATS TAKE BACK THE SENATE,
A LOT OF WHAT YOU WANT TO DO
WON’T GET DONE? MS. LISS-RIORDAN I THINK WE
NEED TO BE PUSHING FOR THE
AGENDA, AND I THINK WE NEED TO
BE MAKING THE VOICES OF WORKING
PEOPLE LOUD AND CLEAR AND HEARD. THERE IS A LOT THAT WE COULD BE
DOING. WE NEED TO TAKE BACK THE SENATE,
BUT I THINK THERE’S A LOT THAT
WE COULD BE DOING OUT TO PUSH
FORWARD THE LANGUAGE, THAT
AGENDA, AND GET LEGISLATION
PASSED AS SOON AS WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY. WE CANNOT FRITTER TIME AWAY. AS SOON AS WE HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY, WE NEED TO BE
READY. ED: SHANNON LISS-RIORDAN IS A
CANDIDATE FOR SENATE IN
MASSACHUSETTS, WILL CHALLENGE ED
MARKEY IN THE PRIMARY. WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING WITH US
THIS MONTH. MS. LISS-RIORDAN: THANK YOU. ED: THE ROUNDTABLE IS NEXT ON
OTR. ELIZABETH WARREN ABOUT TO GET
HER FIRST SHOT AT JOE BIDEN
HEAD-TO-HEAD, FACE-TO-FACE.