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How Warren's supporters plan to poach Biden backers

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been called a less radical alternative to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Her backers think that's the wrong approach.

Instead of aiming to snag Sanders supporters as the 2020 Democratic primaries ramp up, Warren's allies at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee have said their new "Switch to Warren" initiative will actually zero in on Joe Biden's base. That's because Biden's backers "are ready to bolt," PCCC co-founder Adam Green tells BuzzFeed News, and the group is ready to snatch them for Warren.

Biden secured the top spot in Democratic primary polls even months before he started his campaign, while Warren had a relatively dismal showing after launching late last year. Yet in recent weeks, she's been securing third and even second place showings, breaking Sanders' seemingly solid No. 2 rank.

Earlier speculation suggested Warren was stealing voters from Sanders' ranks. But the PCCC, which has more than 1 million members and has been tied to Warren since her 2012 Senate run, sees it differently. "The two big honeypots for Warren are actually Biden supporters and undecided voters" because they want a candidate who can "inspire voters in the general election," Green told BuzzFeed News. The PCCC has already rounded up some of these Democrats who've abandoned their original candidates for Warren, and is collecting their testimonials for the "Switch to Warren" push that began Monday.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Protecting Consumers

Senator Elizabeth Warren talks about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, fighting against bad business practices and the 2016 presidential election. [Originally aired November 12, 2014]

'I Don't Have a Racist Bone in My Body'

Many political figures have made this statement.

Joe Biden is just the most recent to say it:
"There’s not a racist bone in my body. I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career, period, period, period.”

I bet every public figure that has said "there's not a racist bone in my body believes it too. If you hooked them up to a lie detector they would probably pass as telling the truth.

And they would all be wrong.

Systemic Racism is real. It has not gone away. White politicians that say they don't have a racist bone in their body are wrong because systemic racism has so permeated our society that virtually no non-minority person can truly make that claim.

Especially these politicians. Systemic Racism is real and they are part of the system.

Many people are unaware of to what degree they have been affected by society's systemic racism.

Only the most extreme people openly declare their racism. Everyone else feels that they are not racists. Not racist at all? No, of course not, they are just unaware to what degree and how deeply they have been affected by systemic racism.

Reading the comments below bears this out.

Sen. Warren: It is time for structural change in America

Watch Senator Elizabeth Warren's full speech from the South Carolina Democratic Convention.


Elizabeth Warren thinks corruption is why the US hasn't acted on climate change

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has released not one, but three climate change plans as part of her campaign for president. So far.

Since April, she has outlined an agenda to counter growing greenhouse gas emissions and rising average temperatures through policies for public lands, the military, and US manufacturing. And more are in the works, according to her campaign.

Her piecemeal approach is distinct from the other Democratic candidates who’ve released climate proposals as a comprehensive bundle. Chief among them is Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has made climate change the raison d’être for his run
Warren isn’t making climate change the centerpiece of her agenda, nor placing it in an “environmental” silo. Instead, she is using different parts of her agenda to address the climate crisis. She is making the policy case that climate change is a national security concern, an economic threat and opportunity, and the consequence of a violation of public trust.

That’s because Warren doesn’t see climate change itself as the central problem; rather, the problem is money in politics. “The reason the United States is where it is on climate is corruption,” Chris Hayden, a spokesperson for the Warren campaign, told Vox. “We need to rein in the economic and political power of Big Oil to get serious about addressing climate change — which is why the first thing Elizabeth would do as President is pass her anti-corruption bill which would end lobbying as we know it.”


"She's Number One": Elizabeth Warren Is Having A Moment In South Carolina

Progressive voters in South Carolina are starting to see Elizabeth Warren as a reasonable alternative to Bernie Sanders, according to polls and interviews with voters in the critical early primary state.

On Friday, at Rep. Jim Clyburn’s annual Fish Fry, all 22 presidential candidates stood on stage wearing matching blue tee-shirts provided by their host. But voters have started to see Warren as being able to differentiate herself from the pack.

“She’s the one who has plans, she’s the one who can articulate her vision for the future. She has more substance than anybody else,” Harriett Harris, a voter volunteering for Warren’s campaign at the South Carolina Democratic convention, told BuzzFeed News.
The admiration for Warren was apparent as she walked onto the stage Friday to some of the loudest cheers for any candidate. She launched into familiar lines from her stump speech about fighting for the working class, dreaming big, and taking on corporations. Before the fish fry, her supporters gathered in the parking lot of the South Carolina Children’s Museum could be heard chanting “this is what a Warren stan looks like!” As she told the audience that she and Clyburn had recently introduced legislation to cancel student loan debt, a man in line for the free drinks yelled “I love you Liz!” back at the senator.

For some progressive voters like William Lawrence, the South Carolina Democratic Party’s veteran caucus chair, who worked for Sanders’ 2016 campaign in South Carolina, their support has switched to Warren.
“She is number one,” Lawrence said pointing to Warren’s similar progressive positions that drew him to Sanders’ campaign and pointed to Sanders’ past positions on gun control as what helped him make the switch.

“Elizabeth is first and Bernie is second. They haven’t wavered and they’ve changed our party across the entire country. Free college, living wages, free healthcare? Democrats wouldn’t touch that before but now those are the common positions in our party.”


Private prisons' stocks drop on Warren pledge

Shares in private prisons dropped Friday after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pledged to ban them if elected president, according to CNN.
Private prison operator CoreCivic's stock fell 5 percent. Shares of The GEO Group, a Florida-based private prison and detention company, fell 5.6 percent. Those drops came as broader stock market on Friday was flat, leaning toward growing.

Warren earlier Friday called for the abolition of private prisons and private immigration facilities "by ending all contracts that the Bureau of Prisons and ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] have with private detention providers."

The Massachusetts lawmaker described private detention facilities as rife with corruption, mistreatment of inmates and support from lobbying efforts in Washington.

Warren's campaign told CNN they were unfazed by the stock drop.

"They shouldn't have a share price because they shouldn't exist," Kristen Orthman, campaign communications director, said.

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