Sep 16, 2019

Working Families Party endorses Elizabeth Warren over Bernie Sanders

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The Working Families Party, a progressive labor group, on Monday endorsed 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: The WFP gained national attention in the 2016 presidential election when it endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. The party's early endorsement of Warren over Sanders signals that the Massachusetts senator is making significant inroads with progressive voters, a key wing of the Democratic Party.

  • Maurice Mitchell, the Working Families Party’s national director, told the Times that the group's opinion had changed since its 2016 endorsement of Sanders and that Warren received more than 60% in its internal endorsement poll this year.

What they're saying: Mitchell said that the party is committed to a progressive victory over Trump, even if it means defeating the Democratic Party's moderate center represented by former Vice President Joe Biden.

  • “You don’t defeat the moderate wing of Democrats through thought pieces or pithy tweets, you defeat their politics through organizing," he said.

Between the lines: WFP's endorsement may sway which candidate other progressive organizations choose to endorse. Sanders hasn't completely fallen out of favor with the progressive labor movement, as he received an endorsement from the United Electrical Workers of America in August.

The bottom line: Warren and Sanders will continue to compete for progressive endorsements and distance themselves from the moderate wing of the Democratic Party.

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Attacks on Elizabeth Warren rise as she surges in polling

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As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) surges in the polls to a consistent second place behind former Vice President Joe Biden, heightened attention has exposed her to more serious efforts to attack her by other members of the Democratic field.

Driving the news: In recent days, Biden and Mayor Pete Buttigieg criticized Warren for dodging questions about whether her Medicare for All proposal will raise taxes on middle-class Americans, according to USA Today. Both Buttigieg and Biden oppose abolishing private insurance under Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan, and instead favor a "public option."

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backs 2020 challenger to sitting Illinois Democrat

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) offered her endorsement Tuesday to Marie Newman, who is challenging conservative-leaning Illinois Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski.

Why it matters: This is the lawmaker's first endorsement of the 2020 cycle. Ocasio-Cortez was elected in 2018 after successfully challenging incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), who was the fourth-highest Democrat in Congress. Her backing "could turn out progressives and turn off centrists in the suburban Chicago district," writes the Chicago Sun Times.

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