Warren Fires Back At Sanders Campaign Criticism: ‘I Hope Bernie Reconsiders’
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa ― Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Sunday responded to talking points circulated by the campaign of fellow progressive presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that portray her as a candidate of the elite.
“I was disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers out to trash me,” Warren told reporters after a town hall on Sunday. “Bernie knows me and has known me for a long time … I hope Bernie reconsiders and turns his campaign in a different direction.”
Warren and Sanders, longtime friends whose presidential campaigns hold up similar progressive values and policies, have until recently abided by a non-aggression pact, refraining from attacking one other on the campaign trail. In September, some Sanders aides began blasting Warren on social media, but the sniping subsequently died down, reportedly at the behest of Warren’s team.
But a recent volunteer script obtained by Politico suggests that Sanders’ campaign may be taking the gloves off as the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses draw nearer.
The script reportedly directs Sanders volunteers to tell Warren-leaning voters that “people who support her are highly educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what” and that she’s “bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party.”
A person close to Sanders’ campaign told Politico that the senator was likely aware of the script critical of Warren.
“We were told never to go negative or contrast with other candidates,” the person said. “Bernie would let us know when it was OK. So if that’s happening, he’s aware.”
Some of Warren’s supporters have rallied in her defense in the wake of Politico’s report.
Nelini Stamp, the national organizing director for Working Families Party, a progressive group focused on labor issues that has endorsed Warren, appeared to push back on the Sanders campaign’s talking points in a tweet Sunday.
“I don’t have a high school diploma,” Stamp wrote. “I am not affluent. And I support Elizabeth Warren.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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