Elizabeth Warren Says Economic Populism Drove Democratic Wins

by | Nov 16, 2022 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will deliver a speech on Wednesday crediting economic populism as a key driver of Democrats’ surprisingly strong midterm performance and arguing the party needs to focus even more on the issue in the future to win.“A lot of people were surprised by last week’s results. Not me,” Warren will say in a speech at EconCon, a gathering of progressive economic activists and thinkers in Washington, according to excerpts released by her office.Advertisement“The 2022 midterms prove that Democrats can beat Republican extremism by fighting for working people and making our democratic values clear,” she plans to say.Economic issues, especially record-high inflation, were expected to be the driving force behind a Republican red wave. Instead, Democrats aired more television ads on so-called “kitchen table issues” than Republicans did in the months leading up to the election and were able to convince voters they could empathize with families struggling to get ahead, even if Republicans still held an advantage on economic issues.Warren’s speech amounts to a review of President Joe Biden’s first two years in office, a tenure she argues could have been more successful without the small number of Democratic senators ― an allusion to Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona ― who refused to eliminate the Senate’s 60-vote supermajority requirement and held up the president’s agenda.Warren will specifically note Democratic opposition killed the president’s plans to lower the cost of housing and child care.Advertisement“A few Democrats blocked much of the president’s agenda for working families,” Warren will say. “They torpedoed the president’s plan to reverse the Trump tax giveaways. They blocked proposals to cut skyrocketing housing and child care costs. They thwarted efforts to fight corruption, end gerrymandering, defend democracy and protect abortion rights.”She plans to lavish praise on Biden, her one-time 2020 presidential primary rival, for defying “the predictions of Washington insiders, lobbyists, and pundits” and “presid[ing] over the best midterm elections for the party in power in 20 years.” “They understand we can’t solve every problem in two years, but they want to see us giving it all we’ve got. And if we get a little bloody, at least no one doubts where we stand.”- Sen …

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