Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, an anti-Wall Street liberal on the 2020 presidential campaign trail, is the “clear choice” as Joe Biden’s pick for vice president, according to a new survey.
Men, women, and all age groups favor Warren over Sen. Kamala Harris and others, said the Economist/YouGov poll. Of Democratic primary voters, 27% want Warren, who dropped out of the primaries March 5 after a string of defeats.
The survey analysis said, "One woman emerges as a clear choice: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren draws the most spontaneous mentions when Democratic voters are asked to volunteer a choice for vice president, and she is also at the top of the list when Democratic voters are asked to choose among the four women most frequently mentioned as vice-presidential candidates and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders."
On today’s episode of “Bright Minded,” Miley opened by giving an update on the extended stay-at-home orders around the country. She explained that Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended New York’s stay-at-home order to May 15th, following the same order as Los Angeles’ City Mayor Eric Garcetti. Miley then gave a special shout out to Governor Gavin Newsom for his continued honesty and straightforwardness in speaking to Californians about what their new normal will look like following the pandemic. Next, Miley went through her viewer’s amazing #HighlightingHeroes submissions.
Consider the latest polls, however. According to Axios, a new survey in the key swing states of Michigan and Wisconsin, commissioned by Donors of Color Action, found Warren to be “the overall candidate to beat” among potential vice presidential nominees, with “the most consistent support among white and black voters in both states.” She even outpolled Harris among black voters.
Meanwhile, a YouGov/Economist nationwide poll of Democratic voters found “one woman emerges as a clear choice: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren,” who “leads in every age group, and with both men and women.” She also happens to be the sixth most popular Democrat in the United States — you’re fifth! — and the most popular woman in the party.
Come November, and especially against Donald Trump and his #MAGA cult, you’re going to need an enthused and energetic Democratic base behind you. Yet despite your impressive primary victories, only in one in four of your own supporters say they are “very” enthusiastic about your candidacy. Your campaign rallies were, let’s be honest, pitiful affairs, while Warren pulled in overflow crowds of cheering fans and selfie-takers. “Warren has mastered the art of drawing thousands to her rallies,” noted the Associated Press last September.
Warren has charm, people skills, a common touch. Working-class white men may be your biggest fans; college-educated white women are hers. And the misogyny she’s had to endure so far may not be a problem in the general election. “Like most women,” your former White House colleague Jennifer Palmieri pointed out in the Boston Globe last week, “she could be even more effective when she’s campaigning for someone else, other than herself — then voters don’t get uneasy about all that ambition she has.”
She’s progressive. You spent much of the primary campaign trashing her positions (and Bernie Sanders’s!), but you may need a progressive on your ticket come November. Klobuchar is to the right of you; Abrams isn’t so progressive on some economic issues; and Harris may have a very liberal voting record as a senator but was far from a “progressive prosecutor” in California.
It’s Warren who is your bridge to the left of the party; she offers the ideological balance you need. Yes, need! There was a multiplicity of reasons for why Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. But the number of Sanders-to-Trump voters hurt her; the number of Jill Stein voters hurt her; the number of 2012 Obama voters who stayed home hurt her.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren backed progressive challenger Jamaal Bowman over longtime incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel on Tuesday, further fueling the endorsement slugfest in one of the nation's most watched primaries.
Warren (D-Mass.) is the latest national progressive icon to support Bowman — a middle school principal challenging a 16-term congressman and House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman in a New York district that spans from the Bronx to Westchester County.
"He is exactly the kind of person we need in Congress fighting for big, structural change,” Warren said in a statement. “Whether it's fighting for high-quality public schools, affordable housing, or rooting out systemic racism, Jamaal Bowman will be a champion for working people in Washington."
Warren joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in backing Bowman, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) all endorsed Engel in recent days.
"[Warren] knows it's not enough to keep electing Democrats that will only nibble around the edges, and it's why I am running to make big, structural change in New York's 16th District," Bowman wrote in a tweet.
Engel has served in the House since 1989 and is facing perhaps his toughest primary challenge in over 30 years. New York holds its primary on June 23.
Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) announced Thursday that they had opened an investigation into the United States Postal Service (USPS) postponing the delivery of prescription medications.
On Wednesday, the senators wrote identical letters to five major pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers asking for information on prescriptions ordered for USPS delivery and a month-to-month breakdown of the time it took to deliver the prescriptions. They suggested that President Donald Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy were intentionally sabotaging mail delivery, potentially putting the lives of seniors and others who rely on the prescriptions at risk.
"Millions of Americans with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, asthma, and other chronic conditions, illnesses or health care needs rely on the USPS for delivery of their prescription drugs and are at grave risks if President Trump's efforts to degrade the mail service results in delays and disruptions," the senators wrote. "These health threats are magnified by the ongoing pandemic."
"Yesterday, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced that he would suspend his changes to postal operations until after the election," they added. "But this vague statement did not allay our concerns: it is unclear if he will reverse changes that have already been made, or if he will fully resume all operations and eliminate and prevent further mail service delays."
Mail delivery of prescription medication has significantly increased in 2020 due to the pandemic, according to multiple reports. An Axios-Ipsos poll released Tuesday indicated that 19 percent of Americans had expected medication delivered by mail in the previous week. Of those, 24 percent said their expected delivery was delayed or not delivered.
Those experiencing long delays or not receiving critical medication have included current and former members of the military. The Department of Veterans Affairs, which uses the USPS for 90 percent of prescription deliveries, has experienced a nearly 25 percent delay in deliveries over last year, according to Disabled American Veterans.
In a move that may surprise some ambitious Massachusetts Democrats, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says that she’s going to run for reelection in 2024.
“Yep,” the 71-year-old said simply in a POLITICO interview Friday, when asked if she planned to make the run.
That answer came as some Massachusetts Democrats have been gaming out a competitive primary in a few years that could include figures like Rep. Ayanna Pressley and former Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Two well-connected Bay State Democrats said in interviews that they still wonder if Warren might change her mind in the end.
After all, Warren did spend the past two years trying to leave the Senate: the presidential campaign, her auditioning to be vice president, and then the push to be Biden’s Treasury Secretary.
The failure of those recent efforts seems to weigh heavily on Warren these days, who addresses some of her disappointments in her new book “Persist.”
The book is Warren’s attempt to grapple with a difficult couple of years, while defending some of the positions put forth during her presidential campaign. The book has a confessional tone, and it comes at a time when many people in the Democratic Party — including some Warren supporters — believe she’s at a political crossroads.
“In 2012, I was new to politics. In 2020, I was new to losing,” she writes in the book. She makes self-deprecating references to her defeat at multiple points in the book: “I didn’t win the presidency, of course”; “Damn, I’d lost”; “And no, I didn’t win”; “I hadn’t won my fight”; “I’d laid out my plans and fought as hard as I knew how. And I’d lost.”
The acknowledgments are not immune either. “Campaigns are hard — losing campaigns are even harder,” she writes while thanking various friends and aides.