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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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‘A President the World Is Laughing At’: Biden Releases New Ad Attacking Trump – and It’s Getting Widely Praised

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, still the Democratic frontrunner, Wednesday night released an ad that has many people talking – it’s already been viewed 5.4 million times – and it’s getting praise from even non-Biden supporters.

The ad uses footage from the viral video of world leaders at NATO mocking President Donald Trump – a video that upset the American president so greatly he left London early, canceling a press conference and bilateral meeting, to head back to D.C.

The ad begins with Trump at NATO, the moves quickly to portions of the viral video showing Trump being mocked, and overlays text that reads, “A PRESIDENT THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT.” It also overlays commentary from political pundits and journalists including Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, and Wolf Blitzer.

Also in the ad is video of Trump being mocked at the United Nations.

It concludes with Biden declaring “The world sees Trump for what he is. Insincere, ill-informed, corrupt, dangerously incompetent, and incapable in my view of world leadership.”

It then cuts to Vice President Biden exiting Air Force One, conversing with world leaders – including those who mocked Trump – and shows him in the Situation Room.

“And if we give Donald Trump four more years,” Biden declares, “we will have great difficulty of ever being able to recover America’s standing in the world, and our capacity to bring nations together.”

It concludes with text that reads: “We need a leader the world respects.”

Here’s what some, including those who have not declared support for Biden, or have declared support for other candidates, are saying:

 

 

 

 

 

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Kamala Harris Drops Out of Democratic Presidential Race

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U.S. Senator Kamala Harris has just dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Harris’ poll numbers lagged and several articles last week painted a picture of a campaign mired in disarray.

Senator Harris was seen as a strong candidate, especially after the first Democratic debate. She is considered the first high level candidate to exit.

“Harris is the first Democrat to drop out without being bounced from a debate – she had qualified for December 19,” The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel notes. “At the moment, no non-white Democrat has qualified for that debate.”

Politico’s Jake Sherman adds Harris pointed to fundraising challenges as a reason for dropping out:

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Beto Bows Out

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Former U.S Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who nearly beat Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz in 2018, has just ended his campaign to win the Democratic nomination for president. It is a big drop from a politician once seen as the possible future of the Democratic Party.

“My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee,” O’Rourke says, according to The New York Times.

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