During Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Detroit, Sen. Elizabeth Warren crushed the argument that a strong progressive can’t defeat Donald Trump in 2020.
“I remember when people said Barack Obama couldn’t get elected,” the Massachusetts senator said. “Shoot, I remember when people said Donald Trump couldn’t get elected.”
Warren added, “Democrats win when we figure out what is right and we get out there and fight for it.”
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Sen. Warren said:
I remember when people said Barack Obama couldn’t get elected. Shoot, I remember when people said Donald Trump couldn’t get elected. But here’s where we are. I get it. There is a lot at stake, and people are scared. But we can’t choose a candidate we don’t believe in just because we’re too scared to do anything else. And we can’t ask other people to vote for a candidate we don’t believe in. Democrats win when we figure out what is right and we get out there and fight for it. I am not afraid and for Democrats to win, you can’t be afraid either.
Warren is trying to overcome one of her biggest hurdles: electability concerns
Elizabeth Warren is clearly trying to convince primary voters that she can defeat Donald Trump in November. Right now, that’s the top issue for Democrats, even above specific policy proposals.
Warren has arguably been one of the strongest policy candidates in the large field as she consistently rolls out detailed proposals to tackle everything from student debt to climate change.
The problem for the Massachusetts senator, of course, is that primary voters still don’t see her as the most electable candidate, and the polling seems to back up this concern.
If Warren can’t convince Democratic primary voters that she can defeat Donald Trump in 2020, she will have a hard time capturing the nomination.
She seemed to recognize that reality on Tuesday as she tackled the electability question head-on.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.