Elizabeth Warren to Boston: midterms are ‘downpayment’ on the White House

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Speaking at a town hall event in Boston on a cold and rainy Saturday morning weeks before the midterm elections, Elizabeth Warren didn’t mention her Republican opponent until her time on stage was nearly over. Even then, she did not mention him by name.

The Senate race in this bluest of blue states feels like a foregone conclusion. Warren leads Geoff Diehl by between 25 and 30 points. On Saturday, the incumbent took aim at the bigger picture: the need for Democrats across the country to defeat Republicans on 6 November and combat Donald Trump’s agenda, boost fights for affordable healthcare and housing and help overcome racial and economic inequalities.

“I am so excited about 6 November coming, the things we can do if we take back the majority in the House and the Senate,” said Warren, 69. “I get it, we won’t have the White House, but to have the House and the Senate is to make a downpayment. It is to begin to pass the laws we need.”

If it felt like Warren was running for the White House, it’s because she might be.

At a town hall like this one, in Holyoke two weeks ago, Warren gave the strongest indication yet she is seriously considering a 2020 run. She would, she said, “take a hard look at running for president” after the midterm vote.

In Warren, the Democrats have a potential candidate willing to go toe-to-toe with a president who spews insults at his enemies multiple times a day. She is not a politician to ignore the president’s words or actions, but one who responds and taps into the anger many liberals feel. She says Democrats are in a “fight” against Republicans and those who want to make the rich richer – a term she uses frequently. In a party that has run centrists in past elections, she is pushing the mainstream to a place further left and more confrontational.

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