Approximately 18 Democratic presidential hopefuls are attempting to remove President Donald Trump from the White House in 2020.
Getting to Know Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Many problems exist in America currently.
But Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has a plan for that.
Sen. Warren loves to tout her plans for America and she has a plan to become not only the 46th President of the United States, but also the first woman president in the nation’s history.
Warren’s campaign website states, “Elizabeth grew up on the ragged edge of the middle class in Oklahoma and became a teacher, a law professor, and a US Senator because America invested in kids like her.”
Like many politicians, Warren likes to tout her everyday person roots that many people in Middle America can relate to.
She went to undergraduate school at the University of Houston after she got married.
She entered law school at Rutgers University after being a stay-at-home mother of a young toddler.
Warren taught at state schools outside of the prestigious and elite Ivy League like University of Houston and University of Texas at Austin.
She did not begin working as an Ivy League professor until taking a job at University of Pennsylvania in 1987.
The future presidential candidate later taught at Harvard University.
While at Harvard, Warren earned a reputation for her expertise in bankruptcy law.
Despite her populist appeal, Warren’s policies really resonate with many of her supporters because of her desire to totally change the political system, which currently allows a small minority to enjoy most of the political and economic power within America.
“Hard-working people are up against a small group that holds far too much power, not just in our economy but also in our democracy,” said Warren in February 2019 announcing her candidacy. “We are here to take on a fight that will shape our lives, our children’s lives and our grandchildren’s lives, just as surely as the fight that began in these streets more than a century ago.”
The congresswoman from Massachusetts made her presidential announcement in a former mill town that once had historic ties to the labor organization movement.
Despite being a progressive, Warren hopes to tap into the populist point-of-view much like Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.
Former President Reagan and President Trump won their elections because they had the ability to connect with the common man and woman struggling to make ends meet.
Trump and his supporters pointed to lost factory jobs after companies shipped jobs to other countries to benefit from trade deals that provided cheaper foreign labor.
Warren has tried to tap into the growing angst of young millennials struggling to pay for college or struggling to pay off their student loans once their college days are gone.
Many young people cannot begin to build wealth by buying homes and land because of the exorbitant amount of student loans that they have to pay off.
Because of high interest rates, some owe more than what the loan was initially worth.
Those who must purse a graduate and/or professional degree beyond their undergraduate degree often have even more loans that burden them down everyday of their lives.
Furthermore, young professional parents often cannot begin to save money for their children’s college education because they still have to pay for their college education from years earlier.
Warren wants to make college free while also cancelling all outstanding student loans.
The money needed to cancel student debt and provide free college would come from a new tax on accumulated fortune.
Additionally, Warren has a plan for universal childcare.
She wants to make it legal for a sitting president to face indictment.
Warren wants to break up big tech companies, which has earned her criticism from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook also owns Instagram.
But her liberal platform might push away moderate voters in swing states, which would benefit the Trump campaign.
Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report, in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation, said, “Swing voters tend to be younger, more moderate and less engaged in politics” than those strongly for or strongly against Trump.
Cook said it would remain difficult for Warren to swing those strong supporters away from Trump.
Despite Warren’s appeal with younger voters and women voters, the controversy surrounding her DNA results might have turned off some voters too.
Warren claimed, via a DNA test, that she had some Native American heritage.
Trump infamously labeled Warren as “Pocahontas.”
In spite of some controversy surrounding Warren’s presidential bid, billionaire philanthropist George Soros believes Warren is the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
“She has emerged as the clear-cut person to beat,” Soros said. “I don’t take a public stance, but I do believe that she is the most qualified to be president.”
Soros continued, “I don’t express my views generally because I have to live with whoever the electorate chooses.”
The wealthiest of Americans remain divided on Warren because of her proposed wealth tax.
However, Soros supports the wealth tax in an attempt to address income inequality.
Billionaire and longtime Democrat Ron Baron does not think Warren’s financial policies will lead to positive results.
“I don’t think Elizabeth Warren would be successful…if she were chosen president in getting through the policies that she is proposing,” Baron said. “It’s pretty nuts.”
Although Soros has not made a formal endorsement of any candidate, he has remained critical of Trump on foreign affairs issues and other issues.
He has spoken out against Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria.
“Trump is still doing a tremendous amount of damage,” Soros said.
If Warren gets elected president, however, she hopes to reverse the so-called damage that Soros blames on Trump.