Just a few days earlier than Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, she mentioned that rival Joe Biden was “so eager to cut deals with Mitch McConnell and the Republicans that he’ll trade good ideas for bad ones.”
More than a yr later, following a coronavirus pandemic that reworked now-President Biden’s governing agenda, the senator from Massachusetts is pleasantly stunned.
“He’s meeting the moment,” Warren mentioned in an interview with HuffPost to advertise her new guide, “Persist.” “The door for making change has opened, similar to it opened within the Great Depression, similar to it opened in 2008, 2009, after we acquired Dodd-Frank and the [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau]. It’s not open all the way in which. It’s solely open just a little bit.
“There’s no guarantee we will make big structural change, but the opportunity to do it is right in front of us,” she added, making a reference to her presidential marketing campaign slogan.
Warren was additionally happy with Biden’s strategy to coping with the Republican Party, noting he was prepared to go the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan with none Republican assist in Congress.
“There are not very many people who … tore up their $1,400 checks because they said, ‘Oh, it had to come through reconciliation without a single vote in Washington, D.C., from the Republicans,’” Warren mentioned. “I think what Joe Biden is recognizing and making clear through his actions: He’s happy to do things bipartisan with the elected officials in Washington, but he is not going to fail to do what this nation needs just because Mitch McConnell folds his arms and says no.”
Warren additionally dodged on making use of a few of her conventional critiques of the American political system to Biden’s administration. Mere minutes after denouncing the affect of “dark money” on the political system, she begged off a query about whether or not an out of doors group supporting Biden’s agenda, Building Back Together, ought to reveal its donors.
“I don’t know the details about this,” she mentioned.
Still, Warren says there may be room for Biden to be extra aggressive. She famous the funding for his plans for common youngster care and pre-kindergarten ― about $425 billion within the American Families Plan ― paled compared to what she had pushed through the 2020 main.
“Look, I’m just telling you I’ve done the numbers. It’s going to take about $700 billion to do high-quality available child care universal all across this country,” she mentioned. “But the point is, we’re rowing in the same direction, and that’s what matters here. Am I going to keep pushing for more? You bet I am. I’m going to be pushing for a solution that is as big as the problem.”
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