Elizabeth Warren 2020

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  1. Elections

    Biden to begin vetting VP shortlist ‘in a matter of weeks’

    The Democratic frontrunner has consulted with Obama on his VP pick.


    Joe Biden has a shortlist of more than six women to be his running mate and will start the vetting process “in a matter of weeks,” he said Sunday during a call with donors.

    Biden, who indicated he had consulted with his former boss, President Barack Obama, didn’t mention any names. But he said nothing to dispel the speculation that he’s considering the three senators who ran against him for president — Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren.

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  2. 2020 elections

    Mystery Warren super PAC funder revealed

    Karla Jurvetson, a California physician, gave $14.6 million to Persist PAC in February.

    The vast majority of the super PAC millions backing Elizabeth Warren in the final days of her presidential campaign came from one person: Karla Jurvetson, a wealthy doctor based in the Bay Area who donated a massive $14.6 million to the main group that supported Warren.

    In the last weeks of Warren’s struggling presidential bid, a super PAC called Persist PAC hastily formed and then swooped into Nevada, South Carolina and Super Tuesday states to run over $14 million in ads trying to resuscitate Warren’s campaign. Warren was in trouble after third and fourth place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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  3. 2020 Elections

    Biden squeezed on his most critical decision: His VP pick

    His declaration that it will be a woman kicked off a thorny selection process.

    Joe Biden’s confirmation of the biggest open secret in politics — that he would pick a woman as his running mate — was just the start of a thorny selection process that touches not only on gender but race, geography, experience and personal chemistry.

    The array of choices in play, according to Biden advisers and allies, reflects the competing forces bearing down on Biden as he looks to the general election. Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren are top names. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto are also in the mix.

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  4. Analysis

    Biden ends the drama by promising female VP

    The former vice president starts bringing together the demographic and ideological blocs of the Democratic Party.

    The assumption that there is no practical way the Democratic Party can put forward a presidential ticket with two white men has become so widely accepted in journalistic and political circles that a major development at Sunday night’s debate was greeted in some quarters with something of a shrug.

    But Joseph Biden’s firm public commitment that he would select a woman as his running mate in the event he stays atop the Democratic race and is the party’s 2020 nominee is historically unprecedented: No major candidate has ever made such a pledge based on demographic characteristics, nor has one narrowed the field of potential vice presidential nominees this early in the year, several months before the decision is usually made.

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  5. 2020 elections

    Progressive group that endorsed Warren switches to Sanders

    The Working Families Party's endorsement comes days after Warren exited the race.

    The Working Families Party, a major left-wing group that supported Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president, is throwing its weight behind Sen. Bernie Sanders.

    Progressives hope the eleventh-hour endorsement, which comes days after Warren dropped out of the race, will help unite the left wing of the Democratic Party.

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  6. 2020 elections

    ‘It sounds insane, actually’: Democrats relive 2016 primary all over again

    With Michigan poised to play a pivotal role, this year’s campaign is taking on an eerily familiar feel.

    One top contender is struggling to make inroads with African Americans. The other, establishment frontrunner is struggling to put him away. Michigan could bury a campaign — or revive it. A messy national convention looms in the distance.

    The 2020 Democratic primary is back where it was in 2016.

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  7. 2020 elections

    Biden's 'Bernie brothers' remark lights up social media

    Biden riffed on the name for a hardline group of Sanders supporters: the “Bernie brothers.”

    It took Joe Biden all of 10 minutes to unleash a social media phenomenon Friday.

    In a brief phone address to donors, the Democratic presidential candidate warned of the potential for a nasty primary against Bernie Sanders. But then Biden riffed on the name for a hardline group of Sanders supporters: the “Bernie brothers.”

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  8. OPINION | 2020

    The Enthralling Brutality of Elizabeth Warren

    What it felt like watching her go in for the kill.

    IOWA CITY, Iowa—I come late to things. It was only last April, for instance, that I found out about steak, which had always seemed to me inedibly bland and texturally repugnant, like slightly dampened wood. I was in a supermarket in Marfa, Texas, felt an overwhelming need for a bloody slab of red meat, brought it home, googled “how to cook steak,” cooked it badly, brought it to my mouth. The satisfaction, straightforwardly sexual, erupted in waves of pleasure. This is what they were talking about, I thought, alone in the desert, eyes wide with this new knowledge, imparted to me by a blastocyst burrowing itself in my womb. I was 30 before I knew what it was to enjoy watching a sports event among other people—this time, in a Buffalo Wild Wings in Iowa—and I was so puzzled by this feeling that I wrote an entire book about mixed martial arts.

    And I was older than that when I knew what it was to like a politician. It wasn’t entirely unlike the meat experience, in that it involved watching a woman sink her teeth into animal flesh. “I hope you heard what his defense was,” she says, standing right next to him. “I’ve been nice to some women.”

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  9. Letter From Massachusetts

    Elizabeth Warren’s Greatest Strength Was Also Her Greatest Weakness

    She won her Senate seat by amassing facts, summarizing policy and arguing circles around her opponent. Voters wanted something else in 2020.

    The first time I saw Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail, she was greeting voters in a Boston-area café at the start of her attempt to take down an incumbent Republican. This was 2011, and Warren was a Harvard Law School professor, running for office for the first time at 62, and so full of knowledge and ideas that she seemed not to be fully listening to the midday crowd. At one point, she launched into a policy spiel that was nearly identical to something a voter had already said.

    No one seemed especially put off; this was Massachusetts, where so many people have advanced degrees, not to mention strong opinions, that they’re accustomed to being lectured, even by people they agree with. And what Warren lacked in concentration, she made up for in enthusiasm, boundless energy and a natural joy at being with people—the same qualities that characterized her bid for president. Later in that cycle, I remember running into Warren in another public setting—at the time, I was a columnist for the Boston Globe and had covered her campaign with a mix of praise and criticism—and before I knew what was happening, she was giving me a hug.

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  10. 2020 elections

    ‘Bailey’ vs. ‘blood and teeth’: The inside story of Elizabeth Warren’s collapse

    Two dozen aides and allies let loose on what might have been.

    Elizabeth Warren’s campaign brass realized they had bungled her budget at the worst possible time.

    Several weeks before the Iowa and New Hampshire elections, they discovered their fundraising projections for the fourth quarter of 2019 were far too rosy. The army of organizers they hired when fundraising and polling were at their peak — it ultimately ballooned to over 1,000 people — had become a straitjacket. Donations nosedived after an Oct. 15 debate, when Warren was bombarded by her rivals.

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  11. 2020 elections

    Sanders campaign co-chair floats Warren for VP slot

    The words of praise come after Elizabeth Warren declined to immediately endorse another candidate after dropping out of the Democratic primary.

    Rep. Ro Khanna, a national campaign co-chair for Bernie Sanders, on Friday called Elizabeth Warren "an outstanding choice" to become Sanders' running mate should he capture the Democratic presidential nomination.

    The California Democrat told MSNBC he would "absolutely" advise Sanders to name a woman as his vice presidential pick, and singled out the Vermont senator's colleague from Massachusetts when asked who specifically he would recommend.

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  12. 2020 elections

    Trump rejects suggestion sexism contributed to Warren's demise

    Trump then claimed that "people like a person like me, who is not mean." It was not clear whether he was joking.

    President Donald Trump on Friday shot down questions about whether sexism grounded the presidential campaign of Elizabeth Warren, one of his perennial punching bags, claiming instead that the Massachusetts senator was done under by a “lack of talent.”

    “I think lack of talent was her problem,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about the role sexism played in her demise. “She had a tremendous lack of talent. She was a good debater. She destroyed Mike Bloomberg very quickly like it was nothing. That was easy for her but people don't like her.”

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  13. 2020 elections

    'White men get to be the default': Women lament Warren's demise

    Democrats struggle with how they ended up with two 70-something white men as the last two standing.

    And then there were two white men in their late 70s.

    Elizabeth Warren’s exit from the presidential race has left Democrats, including those who supported or ran rival campaigns, evaluating how the party arrived at Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders as the last two candidates standing.

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  14. 2020 elections

    Warren joins Senate's club of failed presidential hopefuls

    Losing stinks. But Warren's colleagues say she will return to the Capitol with new influence.

    Elizabeth Warren is now a member of a crowded club that no one wants to join: senators who tried — and failed — to win the presidency.

    It’s always painful to lose. And returning to the often-mundane days of the Senate after rallying thousands across the country or battling billionaires on the debate stage might make it extra hard.

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  15. 2020 elections

    Pelosi cites 'element of misogyny' after Warren drops out

    The speaker said the women who ran for president in 2020 will serve as "trailblazers" for future candidates.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said there is an “element of misogyny” that undermines women like Sen. Elizabeth Warren in their bid for the White House.

    “Every time I get introduced as the most powerful woman, I almost cry, because I wish that were not true,” Pelosi told reporters, just hours after Warren ended her presidential run and extinguished the possibility of the first woman president being elected in 2020.

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