Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) admitted to MSNBC that she “didn’t fight hard enough” to make a strong showing during Friday’s Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire.
Warren spoke for just under 16 minutes during the debate, which put her fifth out of seven candidates for speaking time, according to the Washington Examiner. The former debater and Harvard Law School professor didn’t interrupt and interject nearly as much as she had in previous debates.
“I just didn’t say enough, didn’t fight hard enough, didn’t tell you how bad I want this, and how good we can make it if we just come together,” she said on MSNBC after the debate Friday.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT), the Democrats’ current frontrunner in New Hampshire and top debate speaker, spoke a full five minutes more than Warren at the debate.
Warren’s standout moment Friday night came when she referenced billionaire candidate Mike Bloomberg, saying she didn’t think “anyone ought to be able to buy their way into a nomination or to be president of the United States,” according to the Examiner.
Bloomberg has spent $300 million of his own money on advertising since jumping into the race on Nov. 24 and polled even with Warren in recent national surveys, according to The Hill. Both candidates had about 11% of the vote and trailed Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden by double digits in January.
It has been expected that Warren will do well in Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire, since it borders her home state of Massachusetts and has a shared media market. Concerns about the price tag of her “Medicare for All” plan and her promises to come after profitable businesses for tax revenue to pay for her plans have made both voters and contributors skittish, however.
Since her peak in polls over the summer, Warren has lost support from progressive Democrats to Sanders and college students to Pete Buttigieg.
Dogged by mistruths
Indeed, Warren has long been dogged by her attempts to gain favor with the liberal voting base. While mainstream media sources have not questioned her campaign narrative, alternative outlets have pointed out that her attempts to show herself as intersectional have led her to misrepresent herself and her background.
Claims that she had a Native American background backfired even before she became a candidate, and it only hurt her credibility more when she claimed she was fired in the 1970s for getting pregnant. Fact-checking revealed that she had actually resigned from the position after the school board offered to renew her contract despite her pregnancy.
Warren also told supporters that her children went to public school, only for fact-checkers to find that her son mostly went to private schools. Her daughter did mostly attend public school.
It is unclear whether this pattern of twisting the narrative to suit her liberal views has cost Warren votes, but it certainly doesn’t inspire confidence that she will be an honest president, should she get the Dems’ nomination.