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AFT President Randi Weingarten to endorse Elizabeth Warren in Houston tonight

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, is expected to endorse Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president at a rally Saturday night in Houston, according to a source familiar with the endorsement.

Weingarten is backing Warren in her personal capacity. The 1.7 million-member AFT has encouraged local unions and members to support either Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders or former Vice President Joe Biden.

The endorsement could provide a jolt of support for Warren ahead of Super Tuesday, when voters will decided how to award roughly one-third of the delegates to the Democratic National Convention.


Posted by BeyondGeography | Sat Feb 29, 2020, 02:19 PM (3 replies)

Progressive group leader describes why Warren would be better than Sanders

Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), offered an argument in a Wednesday interview on SiriusXM Radio why Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who his group is supporting, would be a more effective president than Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

...He offered an anecdote about interactions Green and his group had with Sanders in 2015, when Sanders was backing an infrastructure funding proposal but ended up introducing a bill with little political support. "On January 21, 2015, myself and my co-founder, Stephanie Taylor, and some folks from our legislative team met with Bernie Sanders ... and we showed him some polling that we had done, the Big Ideas Poll, showing that so many big, progressive ideas were popular," Green said. He noted that one of the questions in the poll related to infrastructure reform, which led Sanders to inform him that that he was introducing a "trillion dollar infrastructure bill" (Rebuild America Act of 2015) the following week.

"After the meeting we begged his office, 'Can you please delay this for a couple weeks? Let us help you lobby for co-sponsors. Let us help you get other grassroots groups on board.'" Green continued. "But he was insistent. He must introduce his bill on Tuesday. And sure enough, at the press conference he had one co-sponsor, he had one main endorsing group, the engineers," Green said. "That was January 2015 and the entire Congress of 2015 and 2016, there were zero other co-sponsors that got on board and almost no movement around the bill."

Green then shifted to the accomplishments of Warren, saying "when I think about that versus what Elizabeth Warren did with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where she had an idea, she did the hard work of organizing it on the inside of Congress."

More at https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/484978-progressive-group-leader-describes-why-warren-would-be-better-than-sanders
Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 03:46 PM (5 replies)

Stephanie Ruhle's attempt to roll Warren surrogate Katie Porter fails miserably

EW attacked Bloomberg and not Sanders, why, for the love of my network bosses, why?!?!?

Porter’s systematic dismantling of this line of attack is a thing to behold:

Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 10:59 AM (18 replies)

Sanders supporter asks Warren a gotcha question, doesn't go so well

Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 12:08 AM (79 replies)

If universal health care is a horse drawing exercise

Posted by BeyondGeography | Tue Feb 25, 2020, 01:33 PM (14 replies)

Warren's interactions with candidates who have dropped out, including John Delaney

...”With everyone who's dropped out that I've spoken with — which I think is close to 100 percent of them — it's been in part to thank them for running and to say, as only another candidate can, I know it's hard," she added.

On the campaign trail, Warren goes out of her way to mention incorporating the signature policy issues of "Cory" (Booker) or "Julián" (Castro). It's a nod to the people she sees less often these days, but it's also a tactic to bolster her pitch that she can build coalitions from the constituencies of the candidates who've dropped out while also drawing a subtle contrast with front-runner Bernie Sanders' more strident brand of progressivism.

Sanders says he has little tolerance for what he sees as frivolous pleasantries. "If you have your birthday, I'm not going to call you up to congratulate you," he told The New York Times editorial board.

And while it's common for candidates to reach out to opponents who drop out and offer gracious platitudes, Warren's conversations with some former candidates have gone deeper.

Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland sparred frequently with Warren over health care before he dropped out days before the Iowa caucuses. One debate back-and-forth between the two even got so tense that Delaney's "cause of death" on Wikipedia was changed to "Senator Elizabeth Warren." Still, when he dropped out, his phone was ringing — from everyone, but memorably from Warren.

"Everyone was very nice. It was just that the call with her was quite lengthy and quite in-depth," he said. "That demonstrated to me that she has a trait that you don't always find in politicians, which is that she's not entirely self-absorbed. She actually listens."

More at https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/loneliness-elizabeth-warren-i-feel-i-m-living-movie-n1142181
Posted by BeyondGeography | Tue Feb 25, 2020, 11:43 AM (30 replies)

Warren: I don't want to be President just to yell at people.

Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Feb 21, 2020, 09:37 AM (32 replies)

"Last night was a lot of fun."

Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Feb 20, 2020, 04:04 PM (6 replies)

Van Jones: "A disaster for Mike Bloomberg. Titanic meet iceberg, and her name is Elizabeth Warren."

Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Feb 20, 2020, 12:07 AM (64 replies)

Barney Frank: Democratic Primary Voters Are the Problem

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) is feeling angsty about the current state of the Democratic presidential primary and he believes that the voters are a big part of the problem. The ever loquacious Massachusetts Democrat said in an interview on Friday that he was disturbed by the degree to which the electorate seemed so easily wooed by candidates who were willing to spend gobs of money on television advertisements.

... Frank’s complaints about voter behavior didn’t end with their susceptibility to well-funded ad campaigns, he also criticized the demands for ideological purity being placed on the candidates. He pinpointed former Vice President Joe Biden’s troubles on the fact that he was being forced to defend a lengthy voting record that he had since evolved on or, in some cases, shared with his fellow candidates. “It's a sad commentary on the electorate by the way because they are too unforgiving,” said Frank. “And frankly, there are people who are critical of Biden now who probably had the same positions back then.”

And he suggested that Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign had stumbled in large part because she tried to moderate her support for Medicare for All by including bridge-legislation that would have seen it implemented in stages. “She understood the political and administrative problems with Medicare for All, but she was afraid of losing the whole left to [Bernie] Sanders,” said Frank. “And by the way, I think that’s a troubling aspect of the Democratic electorate that so many of those people reacted so badly because she tried to be reasonable.”

Frank has not endorsed in the 2020 race and said he had no plans to do so. But he has not been bashful about his disagreements with the current frontrunner. In 2016 he said support for Sanders’ nomination reflected a “lack of information” among voters. On Friday, he said the Vermont Senator was largely a non-entity when it came to legislative accomplishments. Frank said he believed that Sanders legitimately thought he could pass his expansive domestic policy agenda if he became president. But he called it an absurd proposition that would almost certainly backfire on Democrats...

Posted by BeyondGeography | Wed Feb 19, 2020, 09:07 AM (8 replies)
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