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Woman Who Asked Elizabeth Warren Question About Acceptance That Elicited Tears Shares What Senator Whispered in Her Ear

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In Waterloo, Iowa on Sunday a young woman asked Senator Elizabeth Warren a question for which the Democratic candidate didn’t have a plan. It wasn’t about student loans, the economy, education, climate change or health care. But it’s getting a great deal of attention now that videos of their interaction are spreading quickly (see video below).

“I was wondering if there was ever a time in your life where somebody you really looked up to maybe didn’t accept you as much,” a woman identified by ABC News as Raelyn said with “her voice cracking as she began to cry.”

“And how you dealt with that?” she added.

Senator Warren offered a very personal story, one she has written about in her book, about how her mother wanted her to “marry well.” At 22, when the marriage “just didn’t work out,” Warren says, she called her mother to let her know what was going on.

“There came a day when I had to call her and say, ‘this is over. I can’t make it work.’ And I heard the disappointment in her voice. I knew how she felt about it,” Warren said. ABC adds, “at times losing her voice to tears.”

“But I also knew it was the right thing to do.”

“And sometimes you just gotta do what’s right inside and hope that maybe the rest of the world will come around to it. And maybe they will and maybe they won’t, but the truth is, you gotta take care of yourself first,” Warren told Raelyn. “Give me a hug.”

ABC News reports Raelyn is “a member of the LGBTQ community,” and “told ABC News that conversations with family around Thanksgiving time gave rise to the idea.”

“What got me involved with her was her care for the LGBTQ community,” Raelyn told ABC. “And it’s been a struggle with that, with people close to me. And I just — she’s just, she gives me hope, which is not something that I’ve really had with other politicians, and I’ve followed politics for a while.”

Raelyn cited a part of Warren’s stump speech she repeats often on the campaign trail: that people should have the opportunity to “love who you love and build the family you want to build.”

CNN politics reporter Greg Krieg spoke with Raelyn after the event. he says she told him Senator Warren “was whispering in my ear, ‘We’ve got it. We’re going to be OK. You’re going to get through this. You’re going to be good.'”

 

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Democratic Debate Drew Record-Breaking Viewership – Trump’s State of the Union Was ‘Least Viewed of His Presidency’

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Wednesday night’s Democratic debate drew record-breaking viewership, making it the largest audience for a Democratic debate ever, according to CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter.

CBS News Correspondent Matt Pieper notes the above numbers don’t include streaming, which makes the total viewership a lot higher:

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By contrast, as some on social media were quick to point out, Trump’s recent State of the Union address this month “was the least viewed of his presidency,” as Newsweek reported.

 

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‘The Most Expensive Night in Vegas I’ve Ever Seen,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘Disaster’: Bloomberg’s Debate Performance Panned

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Former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg’s first presidential debate performance is being widely panned by pundits.

The Root’s Dr. Jason Johnson told MSNBC viewers just how bad he thought Bloomberg did at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas: “The most expensive night in Vegas I’ve ever seen. He lost everything.”

CNN’s Van Jones called Bloomberg’s performance “a disaster,” comparing him to the Titanic:

Vox’s Aaron Rupar posted video of the first blow Bloomberg suffered, saying “He was unable to come back from this.”

Here’s how some journalists characterized Bloomberg’s debate performance.

Esquire’s political writer:

HuffPost Senior Reporter:

Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones:

Boston Globe columnist:

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Bernie Sanders Projected Winner of New Hampshire Primary – Buttigieg and Klobuchar Follow Closely

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont, is the projected winner of the New Hampshire Democratic primary, MSNBC is reporting. Former mayor Pete Buttigieg came in a close second and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota came in third.

All three will be assigned delegates.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, came in a distant fourth. Former Vice President Joe Biden came in fifth.

Exit polls say many voters made up their minds in the past few days, after Friday’s Democratic debate.  Sen. Klobuchar is widely seen as having performed very well during the debate.

Also Tuesday evening, entrepreneur Andrew Yang and U.S. Senator Michael Bennett, Democrat of Colorado, suspended their campaigns.

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