Oct 20, 2019

Mitt Romney: Republicans keep quiet on Trump because they fear Elizabeth Warren

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Republican Sen. Mitt Romney told Axios' Mike Allen in an interview with "Axios on HBO" that he believes Republican lawmakers stay quiet on their Trump criticisms for fear of losing the Senate or the presidency to Democrats, especially Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

The big picture: Republicans are often willing to criticize the president privately, but they avoid making public statements for fear of backlash. Romney argues that conservatives are trying to maintain the perception of a united front to voters so as not to risk internal shakeups that could lose them the Senate or Oval Office.

  • Warren has also been rising in the polls, challenging polling leader Joe Biden and bringing progressive policies to the forefront of the Democratic primaries.

Romney told "Axios on HBO":

  • "There's no upside in going on out and attacking the leader of your party, 'cause that's just gonna let someone come in and primary you on the right. So people want to hang onto their job."
  • "But there's another reason, which is more elevated. And that is people ... genuinely believe, as I do, that conservative principles are better for our country and for the working people of our country than liberal principles and that if Elizabeth Warren were to become president, for instance, or if we were to lose the Senate, that it would not be good for the American people."
  • "And they don't want to do something which makes it more likely for Elizabeth Warren to become president or for us to lose the Senate. So they don't want to go out and criticize the leader of our party because they feel that might have the consequence of hurting our country longer term."

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Biden attacks Warren's approach to politics as elitist

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Pushing back against Sen. Elizabeth Warren's claims that he is "running in the wrong presidential primary," former Vice President Joe Biden wrote in a Medium post on Tuesday that Warren's approach to politics is elitist and condescending.

"I have fought for the Democratic party my whole career. I know what we stand for, who we stand with and what we believe. And it’s not just policies or issues. It’s in my bones. That’s not something everyone in this primary can say,"
— Joe Biden
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Billionaires are not happy with Elizabeth Warren and her wealth tax

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Billionaire hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman again unloaded on Sen. Elizabeth Warren in an interview Wednesday with CNBC, a month after sending her a five-page letter.

Why it matters: His comments came in response to Warren's latest TV ad, which is titled “Elizabeth Warren Stands Up to Billionaires,” and will begin running on the network soon.

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Warren promises to release Medicare for All funding plan soon

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren said at a town hall in Indianola, Iowa, Sunday she'll soon release cost details of her Medicare for All plan, per The Hill.

Why it matters: Warren's 2020 rivals including former Vice President Joe Biden have criticized her in recent weeks for dodging questions about whether her Medicare for All proposal would lead to an increase in taxes.

The big picture: The Massachusetts senator is a co-sponsor of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act, but she's yet to reveal details of her strategy.

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