Democrats are reportedly concerned that Elizabeth Warren might be a bad candidate for the 2020 Presidential election.
Democrats are concerned Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts might not appeal to independents or blue-collar workers living in the Rust Belt states that voted for President Donald Trump.
Some within the party worry the Massachusetts Democrat will struggle to win back centrists who abandoned former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run. Warren has quarreled with Trump on immigration over the past few months, but that might not be enough, according to one report from The Hill.
“I just can’t see a blue-collar, Rust Belt guy voting for her,” one Democratic strategist who has worked on presidential campaigns told The Hill Tuesday. “I think the party needs to be realistic about that.” The skepticism possibly stems from Democrats fears that Trump has voters in Pennsylvania and Michigan on lock down.
Trump is the first Republican to win both states in a presidential election since 1988 and the first to win Wisconsin since President Reagan in 1984. His broadly populist message resonated with voters in those states in a way they haven’t for Democrats in previous years.
Democrats won’t be able to retake the White House in 2020 if they lose those states. Strategists also believe elements within traditional Democratic circles see her as too liberal to defeat Trump. Basil Smikle, a Democratic strategist, said he’s not sure Warren could woo independents.
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