“Yeah, I think its a real problem right now,” the senator from Massachusetts told reporters at the Rockingham County Democrats clambake in Portsmouth, N.H., taking the opportunity to discuss Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a charter school advocate. “And what Betsy DeVos has done to our public education really undermines the best opportunities for our kids. I think public tax dollars should stay in our public schools,” the former public school teacher said.
Sanders, Warrens senatorial colleague from Vermont, unveiled his position Saturday during a speech in Orangeburg, S.C. The independent also proposed a moratorium on all public charter school expansion funding until the completion of a national audit.
During her keynote address at the annual fundraiser for Democrats in the important blue pocket of New Hampshire, Warren additionally promised women “were not going back, not now, not ever,” to a time when there were blanket bans on abortions. She touted the reproductive rights platform she released last week, in which she calls for lawmakers to pass legislation that codifies protections outlined in landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade.
Afterward, Warren pushed back on criticism that a Republican-controlled Congress could easily erode safeguards created by federal statute like the GOP did with former President Barack Obamas signature Affordable Care Act measure.
But she has sought to put issues of race and class at the center of her campaign. Before announcing her candidacy, she gave the commencement address at Morgan State University, a historically black college in Baltimore, focusing on economic disparities. On the campaign trail, she has already appeared at three HBCUs: at a town hall in March at Jackson State University in Mississippi; at Allen University in South Carolina to tout her plans around student debt and a $50 billion investment in black colleges; and at Texas Southern University for “She the People.”
“Thats what elections are about. Weve got one coming up in 2020, and Im glad to talk every day about Republicans views on womens reproductive freedom,” she said. “I think that people who listen to their own constituents and how they feel about having protection for themselves and their families, I think they will be people of different political persuasions that will join us in this.”
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While being peppered with questions, Warren shrugged off speculation she was expecting liberal firebrand and New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezs support during the 2020 cycle, saying she had not solicited any endorsements. She also batted back a veiled attack from former Vice President Joe Biden, who at his campaign rally in Philadelphia on Saturday decried “angry” politics.
“I think this is the core of optimism to talk about the kinds of changes that we can make. We can do this in a democracy,” she said.
Warrens two-day swing of the Granite State concludes on Sunday with a house party in Bedford and a town hall in Nashua. She attended a house party in Rochester earlier Saturday.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden has maintained a double-digit lead against his 2020 Democratic competitors, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) coming in 2nd place — even in some states Sanders managed to secure during the 2016 Democratic primaries.
The big picture: Some observers are drawing parallels between Biden's current campaign and Hillary Clinton's 2016 run, including courting the same donors and addressing the economic woes of middle class Americans, reports the New York Times. However, Biden is polling higher in Iowa and New Hampshire — both states Sanders won in 2016 against Clinton, per FiveThirtyEight.
Context: Many older black voters support Biden after serving as President Obama's vice president, reports the New York Times. However, Biden struggles to connect with younger voters the same way Sanders does, per the Post and Courier.
Sanders' biggest hurdle is in South Carolina where he is trying to court black voters, who he struggled to appeal to in 2016. Black voters make up 60% of the Democratic voting bloc in South Carolina. He released an education plan that focuses on reducing racial and economic segregation as part of a renewed effort to appeal to black voters.