WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s relentless focus on economic issues is increasingly resonating with key segments of the U.S. electorate as she campaigns for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in the 2020 election.
“I don’t want a government that works for giant corporations. I want one that works for our families,” Warren recently said to a cheering crowd of more than 15,000 supporters at a rally in Seattle, Washington.
A September IBD/TIPP survey of Democrats and independents showed the Massachusetts senator with 24% backing, a close second place to the Democratic front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden at 28%.
Shaping 2020 election
Even if Warren ultimately fails to get her party’s presidential nod, her detailed economic proposals could shape the 2020 election. Together, they constitute a progressive blueprint for sweeping change in America that challenges other candidates to endorse her agenda or counter it with what they would do instead.
“It’s certainly driving other candidates to have to produce more [policy proposals],” said John Halpin, a Democratic political analyst at the Center for American Progress.
The effect of Warren’s prodigious left-of-center prescriptions in the general election is harder to predict. Some analysts say they could work in President Donald Trump’s favor by alienating moderates wary of expansive and expensive government interventions in the economy.
“When he says that the Democrats are socialists you can point to elements of Elizabeth Warren’s agenda,” said Alex Conant, who worked on Senator’s Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign and is now a media consultant with Firehouse Strategies.
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