Senator Elizabeth Warren was the ideal fantasy replacement for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election for a lot of progressives in the Democratic base, but now that the primary season is underway, the Warren camp saw a lull in both supporters, donors and media mentions.
That changed with the Nevada debate, where she came out swinging against Bloomberg. It energized her campaign and boosted her media mentions, that was around the same time Warren– who has made the corrupting influence of dark money central to her candidacy- reversed her position on accepting PAC money.
“If all the candidates want to get rid of super PACs, count me in,” she clarified in Nevada. “I’ll lead the charge. But that’s how it has to be. It can’t be the case that a bunch of people keep them, and only one or two don’t.”
Warren repeated her aggressive debate performance in South Carolina. This time she didn’t limit it to just Bloomberg, she stated the words “I would make a better president than Bernie.” for the first time, it was a call-back to the contrast between her and Bernie that her campaign has always highlighted- Bernie is a hammer, he’s blunt and has no finesse whereas Warren is a scalpel, she is precise and surgical.
She faced some backlash for being on the attack, which is typical for any female candidate, but that was very easily fixed with a charming, friendly appearance on South Carolina native, Stephen Colbert’s show. Where she drank some beer, ate some boiled peanuts, and made fun of billionaires.
Biden and Bernie still lead the pack, and the delegate counts, but Warren is now going to have the biggest Super PAC advertising in the Super Tuesday states, almost $9 million.
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