Senator Elizabeth Warren said she would agree to become Joe Biden’s partner if he asked her to join him on democratic tickets for the November elections.
Warren, who turns 71 on Monday, may well be there, taking on President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as she became the leader on Biden’s short list.
In the process of choosing Biden, which is expected by early August, and during crises caused by coronavirus and racial injustice, Warren was the lead voice of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. She recently found a middle ground with some of her Republican colleagues, agreeing that the Confederate names and statues at military bases should be removed.
While she wasn’t available for interviews, CNBC spoke to people who are among Warren’s best known: members of her progressive grassroots army who have been with her throughout her recent struggle for president and publicly advocated that she become vice president of Biden. President since its approval in April. They believe that Warren, who is known as a detailed planner and politician, will become an important progressive voice for Biden on key issues ranging from economics to healthcare.
Warren’s fundraising skills can also give her an edge in the software verification process. The recent fundraising for Biden and the National Democratic Committee, in which Warren participated, raised $ 6 million, as the virtual event attracted both donors and large and large. This amount was more than those raised by the events in Biden with the participation of the candidate from the Democratic Party of 2016 Hillary Clinton and Senator Kamala Harris, who is also vice president.
Travis Akers, an intelligence veteran and supporter of Warren, told CNBC that people have organized efforts to give between $ 2 and $ 50 if they cannot attend. He believes, based on the reaction that he and other Warren supporters received through social networks, that only the small-dollar movement could raise between $ 1 and $ 2 million of that amount.
It is reported that Biden and his team see Warren and other women as a partner. Other top candidates are reported to include Harris, former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, Rep. Val Demings and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
Warren has invariably led recent polls that show that most Democrats prefer her to get a job. CBS News Overview Warren shows ahead of all other rivals, with 71% of the participants saying that it should be seen on the spot. Thirty-six percent said she should be peak ahead of Harris and other candidates.
Vice President Warren’s candidacy was repulsed, however, by some wealthy donors, especially those on Wall Street, who are categorically opposed to some of her economic policies.
A spokeswoman for Biden did not return a comment request for this story.
Massachusetts lawmakers have often been a proponent of progressive policies such as raising taxes on the rich, Medicare for All, and fostering social and economic equality.
Her values gave her the opportunity to stand above other possible VP choices. She is at the forefront of the Democrats, arguing that a strong government is the solution to crises such as the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting national unrest following the murder of George Floyd by the police.
“I think the pandemic played a big role in the talent Elizabeth possessed to get the government to work for people,” said Charles Chamberlain, chairman of the Democracy for America progressive political action committee. He pointed to Warren’s Coronavirus PlanWhich was published earlier this year, how could she respond to a pandemic if she were vice president.
“If we hope to control this outbreak, the administration should immediately allocate funds from recent additional emergency allocations to state and local health departments and hospitals to quickly build testing capacities across the country,” writes Warren. One of Warren’s brothers died from Covid-19.
“Given that it has made healthcare a central element of its campaign, I don’t see a better candidate for our response to the pandemic in 2021,” said Chamberlain, a longtime supporter of Warren.
Warren also spoke about the economic impact of the virus on the black community. Economic data for May show that white unemployment fell to 12.4% from just over 14% a month earlier, while black unemployment rose to 16.8% from 16.7%.
Ever since Floyd was killed, Warren has joined in calls to remove Confederate names and monuments from military bases. Recently, the Republican led the Senate Armed Forces Committee. approved sentence.
According to her supporters, this general attempt to speak out about racial inequality should be one of the reasons Biden chose her as vice president, because, in their opinion, she could become one of the alleged candidates with the loudest weapons. against trump.
“After the assassination of George Floyd, she showed courage and reality and showed that she would not only call Donald Trump a white supporter of excellence, but would play with him rhetorically more aggressively than Joe Biden, maybe, or will,” said Jason Overstreet, author and a faithful supporter of Warren.
A Trump campaign spokeswoman did not return a comment request.
Biden Shift Left
Progressivists also believe that Warren could push Biden to the left on a wide range of issues.
Harvard law professor Lawrence Tribe, who insists on choosing Warren on the ticket, told CNBC that while he believes Biden’s instincts are progressive, Massachusetts lawmakers may advise him on some liberal politicians.
“Till [Biden] He has deep beliefs that he is also a good and serious listener, so there is every reason to believe that Warren will be open to persuasion on any of a number of economic issues, especially those that affect the lives of ordinary consumers and lenders, students and others. that were ruthlessly supplanted by the structure of our tax and bankruptcy laws, as well as the uneven distribution of wealth and political power that it currently has throughout the system, ”said Tribe in an email.
Warren was a leading proponent of the wealth tax on the richest Americans. Her supporters say these economic policies mark the area where Biden, after approving Warren’s plan to reform consumer bankruptcy laws, may shift to the left.
Economics is one of two areas. Ramarion Sally, a small dollar sponsor of Warren’s presidential campaign and self-proclaimed Warren Democrat, says he believes Biden should be “more ambitious and progressive.” Another is Medicare for All, Biden said he would veto if he became president.
Warren’s supporters hope that Biden will move even more to the left – this is the idea of free admission to state colleges or universities. While Biden supports free tuition for families up to $ 125,000, some Warren supporters believe she could help him become more progressive on this issue.
“I could see Warren pushing him further in this matter. Warren really fights for young people. There is real passion there, ”Overstreet said.
What if Biden doesn’t choose Warren?
Although it seems that Warren’s supporters will not run for election unless Biden chooses to, there may be a feeling of frustration and lack of enthusiasm for the election. This could lead to a decrease in participation in voter selection efforts and the raising of funds by small amounts.
“The short-term fears of Warren’s supporters are related to a lack of motivation in November. Young voters voted for the senator. [Bernie] Sanders and Senator Warren, ”Sally said.
Overstreet said he was somewhat concerned about social media posts indicating that some young progressive people might not vote.
“I won’t be surprised if some of them sit back, if they feel that this is a normal business, and a moderate vice president who simply repeats Biden’s policy is chosen,” Overstreet said.