Democratic voters are excited about the candidacy of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., but many question whether she can beat President Donald Trump in the general election next November.
“I think she’s terrific, but my questions about her are, can she get elected with the negativity, with all the stuff that’s thrown at her?” Rick Morris posed to The New York Times in a Thursday report.
Morris, a New Hampshire carpenter, was among three dozen Democrats and activists in the Granite State, as well as in Iowa and South Carolina, who were questioned by the Times about Warren’s candidacy.
Those states will hold the first primaries or caucuses early next year.
“Usually in the primary, I vote for whoever I like the most — but this one, I will put in electability,” Morris said.
The Times reports that the concerns among voters include whether Warren’s “uncompromising liberalism would alienate moderates in battleground states who are otherwise willing to oppose the president,” whether her “past claims of Native American ancestry” would fuel Trump attacks, and whether “her professorial style and Harvard background” might impede her ability to “connect with voters from more modest circumstances.”
So far, Warren has raised $25 million from small donors and has “risen steadily in Iowa and New Hampshire polls,” according to the Times.
Warren, 70, before an Iowa town hall last week, acknowledged the questions facing her campaign.
“Nothing will overcome people’s worries more than success,” she told the newspaper, adding that she planned to respond to any of President Trump’s “Pocahontas” taunts about her heritage this way: “My job is not to be drawn off into that.”
Still, one Iowa voter, Herb Christensen, stated his Warren dilemma succinctly while waiting for the second-term senator to take the stage at a rally in Council Bluffs.
“My god, she’s smart,” he told the Times. “Pocahontas, that’s the only thing.”