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 (@ABC) December 2, 2019
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.'”
Spoke to the young woman who asked the question just now. When they were embracing afterward, she said, 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.'” https://t.co/UwNsH1McrN
— Greg Krieg (@GregJKrieg) December 2, 2019
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Democratic Debate Drew Record-Breaking Viewership – Trump’s State of the Union Was ‘Least Viewed of His Presidency’
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.
HUGE #’s for the #DemDebate last night. Looks like 19.7 million on NBC and MSNBC combined. Final # may fluctuate a bit, but it’s a new record high for a Dem debate, beating last June’s.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 20, 2020
CBS News Correspondent Matt Pieper notes the above numbers don’t include streaming, which makes the total viewership a lot higher:
— Matt Pieper (@MattPieper) February 20, 2020
NBC delivered an all-time record viewership for any #DemDebate: 20 million across two networks–and another 13.5 million streaming the slugfest online: https://t.co/GhiUmgwvo3 pic.twitter.com/9corTl89eW
— Mark Joyella 🏳️🌈 (@standupkid) February 20, 2020
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.
— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) February 20, 2020
‘The Most Expensive Night in Vegas I’ve Ever Seen,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘Disaster’: Bloomberg’s Debate Performance Panned
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.”
"This probably was the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. Bloomberg lost everything.
— Alexis Goldstein 🏳️🌈 (@alexisgoldstein) February 20, 2020
CNN’s Van Jones called Bloomberg’s performance “a disaster,” comparing him to the Titanic:
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) February 20, 2020
Vox’s Aaron Rupar posted video of the first blow Bloomberg suffered, saying “He was unable to come back from this.”
Warren’s opening salvo on Bloomberg set the tone for the rest of the debate. He was unable to come back from this. pic.twitter.com/tHwoRL7Soc
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 20, 2020
Here’s how some journalists characterized Bloomberg’s debate performance.
Esquire’s political writer:
I am stunned at how really bad Bloomberg is at this .
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) February 20, 2020
HuffPost Senior Reporter:
#DemDebate takeaway: Elizabeth Warren hit Michael Bloomberg in the face with a sledgehammer for an hour and then people debated stuff for another hour.
— Zach Carter (@zachdcarter) February 20, 2020
Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones:
The runaway winner was Warren.
Bloomberg turned in a horrifically bad debate performance.
The Bernie vetting began. He punched back but some still landed.
Biden was sort of washed out.
Not clear if Pete and Amy's squabbling helps either.
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) February 20, 2020
Boston Globe columnist:
Warren crushed: Best debate so far.
Biden: He ain't dead yet
Sanders: skated but came across as arrogant
Mayor Pete: Aggressive but solid
Bloomberg: Clean up on Aisle 6
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) February 20, 2020
My tentative power ranking for tonight's #DemDebate
Literally everyone else in Nevada
Hold a sec I know there's someone else
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) February 20, 2020
Bloomberg News reporting on a tough night for Bloomberg: https://t.co/dMZOBR0EsB
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) February 20, 2020
Bernie Sanders Projected Winner of New Hampshire Primary – Buttigieg and Klobuchar Follow Closely
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.
FASTEST NH Primary Results – Total of 82.49% reporting
Total votes cast so far: 249,504
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) February 12, 2020
DDHQ-UVA Center for Politics Delegate Estimates for New Hampshire:
Delegates to date: pic.twitter.com/KByUN8peg6
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) February 12, 2020
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.
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