Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D. MA) presidential campaign:
When President Obama needed a champion for working people to help fight Washington corruption and take on Wall Street, he called Elizabeth.
Check out our brand-new TV ad to hear what President Obama had to say about Elizabeth's work creating the CFPB — and how she got it done.
We always say that if Elizabeth could meet every voter in a townhall and talk with them one-on- one, she'd win this race in a landslide.
Unfortunately, that isn't possible (although with 30 states, Puerto Rico, and D.C. visited, over 100,000 one-on-one conversations with voters, and 1,239 voter questions answered at town halls in the last year, Elizabeth is certainly getting as close as she can).
So we need to make up the difference.
One invaluable way is this: the thousands of incredible volunteers who've knocked over a million doors, made more than six million phone calls, and sent millions of text messages to talk with people about the primary and Elizabeth's plans for big, structural change.
And the other big piece of the puzzle is running TV, radio, and digital ads to complement those conversations. It's part of our surround-sound strategy to reach as many people in as many ways as possible.
When people see this story and hear President Obama's words, they'll recognize how Elizabeth's dedicated her career to fighting for working people.
They'll also see that she gets results, like with the CFPB, which has already returned more than $12 billion to Americans who've been tricked and scammed by big banks and corporations.
Let's make sure as many people see this ad as possible. We've set a goal to raise $2 million before the New Hampshire primary for critical final outreach, including this ad, and we're running out of time to hit it. Please make a donation right now and let's put this ad all over the airwaves.
Also, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is pushing to keep the ad on the air in NEw Hampshire:
Elizabeth Warren enters New Hampshire with momentum — including a new ad featuring President Barack Obama talking about her strength as a fighter for middle-class families.
“She is a janitor’s daughter who has become one of the country’s fiercest advocates for the middle class,” Obama says.
“She came up with an idea for a new independent agency standing up for consumers and middle-class families…She's done it while facing some very tough opposition. Fortunately, she’s tough.”
Thanks for being a bold progressive.
— The PCCC Elections Team
By the way, Joan Walsh at The Nation:
Even if Warren finishes third, her vaunted ground game proved itself. And it’s not just a bloodless game of turf-cutting (campaign-speak for identifying potential supporters and getting them out) and door-knocking. Warren has been quietly building a movement, and in the closing days it became apparent that it’s a women’s movement. Whatever happened, she clarified her campaign’s rationale in this state’s grueling Thunderdome.
On Monday afternoon, at one of dozens of small rallies to get people out to caucus, an excited young volunteer named Jackie Sayers, who used to work for Senator Kamala Harris, proudly introduced top Warren surrogate Representative Katie Porter as “part of the blue wave of women who organized and ran and won in 2018.” Porter took that baton, shouting out her class of 2018 “sister surrogates,” Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Deb Haaland, also traveling Iowa for Warren, noting that the Massachusetts senator’s campaign is the only one whose cochairs are all women. Pressley sounded the same notes at a Warren rally on Saturday. Women have made up the majority of Warren’s donors. And women made up the majority of her volunteers I met along the way—women who’ve fallen hard for Warren.
Warren didn’t set out to be the Resistance Mom candidate. That was New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who had to drop out last summer. But she became one, maybe because of the sexism she faced as the primary unfolded, or maybe because she was trying to be all along. At an earlier “get out the caucus” (GOTC) rally Monday, I met six women from Indivisible Oregon. “We put our lives on hold and came out last Thursday,” Maria Aron of Portland told me. By Monday morning, they’d collectively knocked on 1,500 doors, and were off to do more. “We’re the women who never get written about.”
Mary Kahl was undecided when I met her at a Warren event in Oskaloosa in late May. Now she was hosting this Warren GOTC event in Des Moines. She came over to Warren because she’s a medical professional and she believes in Medicare for All. “I see people die. I see people unable to afford their medicine,” she tells me emotionally. I ask: What about the charges Warren’s plan isn’t truly Medicare for All, because of its longer phase-in time than Sanders’s? She cuts me off, exasperated. “Please. She’s got a great plan. It’s been vetted by economists. It’s because she’s a woman. Men don’t have to answer a damn thing about details!”
On Monday night, I headed to the Des Moines Precinct 60 caucus. (Full disclosure: My daughter was the Iowa political director for Senator Kamala Harris. She caucused with Warren in Des Moines Precinct 60. She is about to go to work for Representative Katie Porter.) At that caucus, where almost 500 people participated—they appeared to be middle and upper-middle class, overwhelmingly white—Warren had volunteer precinct captains named LouLou and Judi, absolute bad-asses, dressed in Warren’s signature “liberty green” T-shirts and wearing Lady Liberty tiaras. I did not get their last names because they were working too hard to herd their people and keep them in line through the grueling, only-in-Iowa process of vote-counting and realigning. The vast majority in the Warren corner were women. During the counting process, I sat next to Wendy Larson, a first-time caucus-goer, who said she came out for Warren because her earlier possible choice, Buttigieg, didn’t have the support of “African-Americans in his community, and that really matters to me.” Larson watched the two-hour spectacle bewildered but firmly decided for Warren.
Warren was more than “viable”—meaning she had over 15 percent—in the first round, as did Buttigieg and Sanders. And that’s when caucus fun starts. People whose candidates weren’t viable—which here, as in many places, included Biden, but also Tom Steyer, Andrew Yang, and Amy Klobuchar—had to decide whether to leave, or back another candidate. A few of the Steyer folks went to Buttigieg, but the majority-female Warren group got 10 of the majority-male Yang gang to come over to Warren. Nobody saw that coming, least of all the Sanders people who courted them heavily.