Sen. Elizabeth Warren is adamant that voters should choose her over her 2020 Democratic rivals because she will “deliver results” and is the best candidate to beat President Donald Trump.
But when repeatedly asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo how she would convince voters that she is a better choice than a more “authentic” Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Massachusetts senator could not deliver a compelling response.
“So now there’s a voter in New Hampshire, and they say, boy, you know what? I like this Warren. She’s smart. She’s got a plan for everything,” the host of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” said Monday, setting up a scenario with a hypothetical voter.
“But I’ve got to decide between her and Sanders. Sanders has never changed. That man is authentic as he is anything else. And Warren has changed a little bit. The Medicare plan changed, the timing, the mechanism, how to play for it. Bernie’s more consistent. I’ve got to go for Bernie,” Cuomo continued.
“How do you convince him?” the CNN host asked Warren.
“Look, look, all I can say — I’m not going to criticize anybody else, but all I can say is, I’m going to deliver results,” the Democrat replied.
“I got a consumer bureau passed into law at a time when everybody said it just can’t be done. But I got it done. I’ve gotten about a dozen bills passed since Donald Trump has been elected, including one that’s going to help the 40 million people across this country who have hearing loss, but can’t afford to get hearing aids. So I had a plan for an over-the-counter bill, got it all the way through, and next year people will be able to buy hearing aids across the country,” she added.
But Cuomo challenged the lawmaker.
“And somewhere, Senator Sanders is yelling at you, Senator, he’s yelling, ‘I wrote the damn bill! Can I get the results, too!’” he said. “What’s the difference?”
“So, I’ve done it. I’ve actually done it, with an agency, I’ve done it with bills in Congress. And look, my view on this is, we’ve got to do on health care the most help for the most people as quickly as possible. Last year 36 million Americans couldn’t afford to get a prescription filled,” Warren responded.
She vowed that she would begin by “protecting the Affordable Care Act on the first day from the sabotage of the Trump Administration,” adding that she would also lower the cost of prescription drugs.
“You don’t think Bernie can do the same thing on day one?” Cuomo shot back.
“Look, I’m going to use all the tools. I have worked in an administration, I spent a year setting up an agency. I’m going to use the tools of our agencies. I’m going to use the tools that a president has by herself. And I’m going to take the fight straight to Congress,” Warren replied.
“We’ve got to attack the influence of money, the corruption that goes on every day,” she added as Cuomo gave her another shot as answering his question.
“Why you and not Senator Sanders or Buttigieg?” he asked. “Why you and not them? I know you don’t want to trash anybody. It’s very admirable. Except Mike Pence. But the idea is it’s either you — they’re going into the voting booth. They’re going to put for you or for Sanders. Why you and not Sanders?”
“I’ve got the best chance to beat Donald Trump,” Warren declared.
“And I’ve got the best chance to beat Donald Trump because I can bring our party together. I’ve got the best chance to beat Donald Trump because I run on core Democratic ideas and values that every Democrat can get behind, everyone in our party can and should get behind,” she continued. “And that, also, pull in Republicans and independents. That is how I’m going to beat Donald Trump. And that should be our number one job come November.”
Cuomo asked the progressive lawmaker if she had any concerns about the party not fully supporting whoever the nominee may end up being.
“Look, we cannot have a repeat of 2016. We just can’t do that going into this election. We can’t have Democrats firing at Democrats or Democrats mad at other Democrats. We have got to pull together as a party, because we’ve got to beat Donald Trump,” Warren said, targeting supporters of the president in the process.
“We’ve got to pull together as a party, because understand, a country that elects a man like Donald Trump is a country that has serious problems,” she said.
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