Elizabeth Warren under fire for head-spinning reversal on accepting super PAC help

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is under fire for a stunning reversal of her longstanding campaign opposition to the influence of super PACs.

The Democratic presidential candidate has spent years calling out the political committees for their influence but, after her campaign took a hit following the Democratic contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, Warren appears to be singing a different tune.


(Source: Twitter)

After pledging to “disavow” any super PAC formed in her name, the Massachusetts Democrat refused to do so when asked about the Persist PAC which was formed on Tuesday.

“If all the candidates want to get rid of super PACs, count me in,” Warren said in Nevada speaking to reporters who questioned her about the new group, complaining that she “couldn’t get a single Democrat to go along with me” when she called for all of the 2020 contenders to refuse super PAC assistance.

“We’ve reached the point a few weeks ago where all the men who are still in this race and on the debate stage, all have either super PACs or they were multibillionaires and could just rummage around in their sock drawers and find enough money to be able to fund the campaign,’ she continued, injecting feminism into her argument.

“And the only people who didn’t have them were the two women. And at that point, there are some women around the country saying, ‘You know, that’s just not right,’” she added before declaring her apparently new position.

“I’ll lead the charge. But that’s how it has to be. It can’t be the case that a bunch of people keep them and only one or two don’t,” Warren said.

The 180-degree turn came only a few short weeks after Warren declared at the Democratic debate on Feb. 7 that she and Sen. Amy Klobuchar were the only candidates not receiving help from super PACs.

She has also been vocal about her stand on social media as well as her campaign website.

CNN’s Erin Burnett called Warren out on the hypocritical reversal during a CNN town hall on Thursday.


(Source: CNN)

“So you said on your website you would disavow any super PACs that form to support you. Now there’s a Super PAC in Nevada spending six figures on your behalf. This morning you were asked about it and you didn’t disavow the group. Did you change your mind on super PACs overall?” Burnett asked.

Warren lamented how none of the other 2020 contenders took her up on the challenge to disavow super PACs before admitting that she had, in fact, changed her position.

“Nobody took me up on it. I tried again and I tried again and I tried again,” she said. “So I have changed my position.”

Burnett pointed out that Warren’s website still states that she “rejects the help of super PACs and would disavow any Super PAC that forms to support her during the primary.”

“I’m saying come on, Democrats, all of us should disavow super PACs,” Warren responded, pivoting over to attack the billionaires in the race who “have the equivalent of a Super PAC” which is “their sock drawer.”

“Either we’re going to run campaigns that have unlimited spending, or we’re going to have campaigns where the money goes through the campaign, in which case everybody plays by the same set of limits,” Warren added. “That’s what I believe. I still believe it. I believed it the day I got in this race and I believe it today. I hope every other Democrat will join me and let’s all agree to get rid of super PACs.”

But it looks like the Persist PAC, which is already spending on campaign ads ahead of Saturday’s Nevada caucus, is here to stay as the Democrat congresswoman did not disavow the group’s efforts. Pete Buttigieg’s campaign communications adviser was one of many voices slamming Warren’s about-face.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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