A cardboard silhouette of something more than real size makes Elizabeth Warren present on the roof of a modern building on 14th Street with the S, northwest Washington, a young, expensive and thriving area of the American capital. It is Friday, six in the afternoon, a group of followers has organized a happy hour – very happy because, in reality, everything is free – and the terrace has been filled with people between 20 and 40 years convinced that the Massachusetts senator It has everything to become the Democratic candidate to beat Donald Trump in 2020 (and, yes, also reach the White House). “It is very well explained, she knows everything, she has it in her head, she has concrete plans for things,” says Genevieve Jesse, 23, a student at George Washington University. A few days before the first national survey was published in which Warren appears first. At the time, his intervention in the colloquium that the candidates held on LGBT rights went viral above any other.
What would you say to someone who believes that marriage is only a matter of man and woman? Asked the moderator. And she snapped: “I'm going to assume that a man says that. I would say: then marry a woman, if she finds her. ” Meanwhile, his two great rivals suffer: former Vice President Joe Biden, with Trump's relentless accusations of corruption; and the leftist veteran, Bernie Sanders, with a heart attack.
The senator lives, in short, what Americans like to call momentum, a moment of momentum, in which a push in the polls is combined with a wave of media attention and the loss of bellows from the rivals. Located on the left wing of the game, the lagging race began with respect to Biden or Sanders, but its campaign has grown steadily until today. The last poll of Quinnipiac, one of the great references, made public on Monday, gives 30% support among the Democrats, compared to 27% of Biden, and certifies the fall of Sanders, from 16% to 11% in so only a week. The Democratic candidate recently suffered a myocardial infarction.
Warren seems to have taken away from him that star halo that accompanied the veteran senator from Vermont, an old socialist rocker in a country that is suspicious of the term, because he associates it with communism or Chavism. The senator defends a universal public health in the country, the cancellation of most of the students' debt at the expense of taxes to the super-rich, a hard hand against Wall Street and the chopping of the technological giants to contain their power. Will such a progressive approach work in presidential ones, is not a safer a moderate option, like Biden's?
“Well, for starters, this is a primary, in the general campaign, your message will go more to the center. And she has managed to dodge the label of socialist. Notice, when asked about how he will pay health for everyone, Sanders says he will raise taxes on everyone, but she always focuses her attention on 1%. He says he will pay 1%, ”replies Alejandro Espinosa, 24, also a student of international politics.
The question is whether out of that roof of happy hour, with students from George Washington, so many nuances are perceived. Meghan McLeehan, a 39-year-old Spanish teacher, believes that Warren also has an edge in the field of emotion. “It has an energy that I don't see in Sanders or Biden,” says the senator, who is 70 years old. Biden and Sanders are 76 and 78, respectively.
To his credit, there is also high education and a good life story to tell. Born in 49, in a working-class family in Oklahoma, she knew the economic needs since she lost her father at age 12. Her mother, a housewife, set to work as a clerk at the popular Sears department store and she serves tables. At 19 he left school and married his high school boyfriend. She went to the university years later, when her first daughter was already two years old, and began to work as a lawyer in her living room, but ended up as a law professor, specialized in mercantile (regulation, bankruptcy, commerce). She separated from her first husband and remarried. For more than 30 years he taught at Rutgers, Austin, Michigan and, finally, Harvard.
He arrived in Capitol in 2008 at the hand of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, when he was selected to be part of the panel that oversaw the rescue of the bank and created a new regulatory framework. He advised the Obama Administration and created the Office of Financial Consumer Protection. In 2013, she became a senator for Massachusetts and, also, a benchmark for the left wing of the Party, the scourge of Wall Street. The voices that asked him to make the leap to the race for the presidency already resonated in 2016, but chose to leave the pulse in the hands of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
The senator, seeing Warren today as a serious threat, has already begun to give him some criticism. This weekend, he recalled that, unlike him, the teacher does define himself as a capitalist. It is true, he has stated it this way many times: “I believe in markets, I am a capitalist, I love what markets can do. What I don't believe in is theft, I think the markets should work for more people. ” Tonight, in the new Democratic debate in Ohio, all eyes are on their possible duel.