Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is now not only the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the key primary states of New Hampshire and Iowa, according to RealClear Politics, but betting odds have her a solid 20 points ahead of Joe Biden.
That’s great news for the on-again, off-again first American Indian to run for the White House, but it was tempered this week by her spelling out the details of her health care plan, which for starters will cost $52 trillion over the first decade. That’s if you accept her math, which many Democrats, including Biden, have pooh-poohed. What’s worse is that when challenged with the question of whether Warren’s plan would eliminate 2 million private sector jobs, she affirmed that it would, writing that number to a “cost factor” of the program. The plan is so terrible that even “Saturday Night Live,” the normally left-leaning show, skewered it during its cold open.
Things didn’t get any easier for Warren when she appeared on a call-in show in New Hampshire, where a caller asked about steps her campaign was taking to reduce its environmental footprint. Warren’s answer was that she has “mostly been flying commercial.” The operative word that is mostly, especially in light of her having been told that fellow Democratic hopeful Tom Stayer has been flying exclusively commercial.
If Warren wants to continue to attract her party’s most rabidly far-left voters (which seems to be the goal of every Democratic candidate vying for the 2020 nomination), she’s going to have to do a better job staying ahead of the competition.
Here’s a video of the Q & A. A transcript follows.
HOST: We did receive a question from a listener who really I thought asked a great question. We’ve been asking all the candidates about this. Her name is Carissa and she says ‘What specific steps have you taken in your campaign to ensure that your campaign’s environmental impact is is limited as possible?’ Now, yesterday, excuse me, Monday, Tom Stayer told us that he’s only flying commercial and he said that means a lot of time waiting in airports for me my staff but there’s a huge carbon footprint of a private jet so that’s the sacrifice he said he was willing to make. How about you?
ELIZABETH WARREN: So, I mostly been flying commercial, but we’ve been trying to look at other ways that we can reduce our carbon footprint and it’s everything from the kind of car we drive, umm and down to … do we purchase offsets, can we make that work as a way to try to reduce the footprint.
Cross posted at the Mental Recession