Senator Elizabeth Warren calls former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s presidential run “absolutely, completely wrong” in new book to be released this week, saying billionaire media mogul “has no place [the] race.”
The Massachusetts Democrat’s lingering anger at Bloomberg – whom she memorably clashed with in two debates during the 2020 Democratic primary – is one of many revelations from the new book, “Persist,” a copy of which is was obtained by the HuffPost.
The book is not just a campaign memoir. Warren barely mentions some of the best-covered moments of her own presidential campaign and spends much of the text defending the policies she championed during her run, including a wealth tax and massive debt cancellation student.
His clashes with unnamed Bloomberg candidates, including eventual winner Joe Biden, current Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, are barely mentioned, reflecting Warren’s typical approach of downplaying his disagreements with other Democrats.
Still, Warren devotes considerable space to thinking about why his presidential bid failed after his rise in the polls in the summer and fall of 2019, pointing to mismanagement of “Medicare for All” by his campaign as a key reason.
In the book, Warren says she went to the February 2020 presidential debate in Las Vegas “to fight.” She describes Bloomberg as having “skipped the months of meeting face to face, hearing about their lives and listening to them describe what worried them about our future – you know, the democracy part” in favor of spending $ 1 billion of his own money on his candidacy after entering the race at the end of 2019.
“After having had no real connection to voters, having undergone no scrutiny of his record, many people were certain that Bloomberg would carry the Democratic Party flag and face Donald Trump in the general election,” Warren writes. “I thought it was totally, completely, absolutely wrong.”
Warren recounts, in detail, her attacks and Bloomberg’s responses that night in Las Vegas, including a moment when she wondered if it would hurt the former mayor.
“The format of this televised forum allowed Bloomberg to ignore all the accusations I had made, and apparently the moderators were okay with that,” she wrote. “The debate would only continue. Like so many women in so many contexts, I wondered if he had even heard me.
Eventually, the moderators urged Bloomberg to sue his company for sexual harassment, giving Warren a chance to convince him to release the women who made deals from their nondisclosure agreements. The exchange was credited with helping stifle Bloomberg’s then-rising chances of winning the nomination.
But that didn’t do much to reverse Warren’s fortunes. In the book, she notes that her chances of winning faded after the debate on October 15, 2019, where other candidates attacked her position on “Medicare for All,” and her failure (at this point) to explain how to pay it. .
“Almost immediately my numbers started to drop, and soon I was way behind
Bernie and Biden, ”she wrote. “I never got close again.”
She attributes much of her loss to the strengths of the two men who finished ahead of her, noting that Sanders “had built an army of staunch supporters” and that Biden “brought years of experience to the table and was clearly a man. stable and decent who could deliver us from the nightmarish world of Donald Trump. In the end, she concluded, “I didn’t have much room left.”
“But there is always another possibility, much more painful,” she continues. “Right now, against this president, in this field of candidates, I may not have been good enough to reassure voters, to bring skeptics, to embolden hopes.
She also points out the difficulties of running as a woman, while being careful not to blame sexism directly for her loss. “In 2012, I ran in Martha Coakley’s wake,” she writes. “In 2020, I ran at Hillary Clinton.” She notes that in both cases, potential supporters admitted they were reluctant to support her because of past failures by the candidates.
“I wondered if anyone had said to Bernie Sanders when he asked for their support, ‘Gore lost, so how can you win?’ I was wondering if anyone had said to Joe Biden, ‘Kerry has lost, so clearly America is just not ready for a man to be president,’ ”she continued. “I tried to laugh, but the joke didn’t sound very funny to me.”
Warren devotes some space to the few moments when she allowed herself to believe that a victory was possible. She recounts a late night bar conversation with her husband, Bruce Mann, where he said to her, “Baby, you could really do that. You could be president.
Warren says she envisioned implementing the many, many plans she implemented during the campaign and quickly developed a new one.
“On inauguration day, we could set up a line of ear pledges for little girls and their families. I started to think about how we could make this work, ”she writes. “Instead of spending time at fancy dress balls that night, could we spend some time on a selfie line for the kids? My eyes filled with tears. I started to cry and laugh at the same time. Who could be in this line? What little girls or boys would tell their own grandchildren a little finger promise made long ago to an American president?
Warren spends much of the book praising his political allies, including former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and now Home Secretary Deb Haaland, both of whom have endorsed his candidacy for the post. presidential.
Little in the book chronicles Warren’s interactions with Biden’s brand new presidential administration. Warren had hoped to become Secretary of the Treasury, but the Democrats’ position in the Senate knocked out his chances. She succeeded in helping several key assistants to receive high-ranking positions: Bharat Ramamurti, a high-level political assistant, is now the deputy director of the National Economic Council. Its campaign manager, Roger Lau, now occupies a high-ranking position on the Democratic National Committee.
Warren recounts a key moment in building his relationship with Biden: a call he made a week after he quit racing.
“Elizabeth, I really like your bankruptcy plan. Is it okay if I get it back? Warren recounts it by saying. She describes her reaction as “over the moon”.
What Warren doesn’t mention is that her bankruptcy plan was drafted as a rebuttal to a Biden-sponsored bankruptcy law that Warren tried and failed to stop from when she was a professor. by right.
She opens the book by recounting election night 2020, as she and her husband watched “Dr. No ”in tribute to Sean Connery, then recently gone. A text from a group of Democratic senators began sharing the early results, and the film was quickly interrupted constantly by pings from senators inquiring about the state-by-state results. It was 2 a.m. when Warren went to bed.
“But I couldn’t sleep,” Warren writes. “Change was coming – and I was making a plan.”
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