S3E26: ABC News post debate: healthcare

This is our post ABC News 2020 Democratic debate review. 

We at The World As I Like It To Be podcast have watched the debate and extracted the most important stories, from a political point of view, from the broadcast last Thursday.

With me is Denise from California.

The debate got fiery and testy but was ultimately informative. It became clear early on where the two sides of this debate stand when it comes to health care. 

Biden came in swinging and Sanders swung more.


Post debate Warren

Fivethirtyeight said post-debate polling of Warren showed the more people see the senator, the more they like her:

Meanwhile, Warren is in New York at a rally in Washington Square.  The New York Times reports:

Addressing thousands of supporters in Washington Square Park, some holding up “I’m a Warren Democrat” signs, Ms. Warren pressed her case to bring sweeping change to an economic and political system she views as fundamentally tilted to favor the wealthy and powerful.

She spoke near the site of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire of 1911, which killed 146 garment workers, most of them women. The fire spurred a push to improve workplace safety, which Ms. Warren harnessed as a parallel for the far-reaching change she wants to pursue as president.

And once again, she urged Democrats to embrace her call for fundamental change — not the kind of incremental approach favored most notably by Joseph R. Biden Jr., the former vice president and the primary race’s front-runner.

Then there was the endorsement by the Working Families Party that came just yesterday.  From Vox:

A progressive political group that backed Bernie Sanders in 2016 is backing Elizabeth Warren this time around.

On Monday, the Working Families Party, a grassroots political group, announced that it would back Warren in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. After a three-month decision process, Warren got 60 percent of WFP’s vote and Sanders garnered 35 percent. Half of those votes are determined by WFP leaders and the other half by its members.

The New York Times reports the WFP as saying she received more than 60 percent of the votes on the first ballot.  The continue to report, Bernie Sanders campaign is not happy about the endorsement.

What it all means

WFP is saying with the endorsement of Warren they are trying to send a message:

Rather than passively observe the primary, they said, these groups should choose a side and flex their organizing muscle during the early stages to help knock Mr. Biden off his perch.

“If our focus is on victory, we can’t be delusional about it,” Mr. Mitchell said. “You don’t defeat the moderate wing of Democrats through thought pieces or pithy tweets, you defeat their politics through organizing.”

Traditional bellwether endorsements from labor unions like American Federation of Teachers and the Service Employees International Union have not yet materialized, though Mr. Sanders picked up an endorsement from the United Electrical workers in August. With less than five months to go before the Iowa caucuses formally begin the nominating contest, many organizations are still wrestling with a sprawling Democratic field.

In the years since President Trump’s election, candidates backed by the Working Families Party have won congressional, state and local races across the country, expanding the group’s power base from the Acela corridor to the West Coast. The group also helped several left-wing candidates win seats in the New York State Legislature last year.

The group’s leaders stressed that, even with their endorsement, their intention was not to divide the progressive left between Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders. The senators are longtime friends and have been publicly supportive of each other’s candidacies.