MSN - September 29, 2019
... Yet, despite her town hall being hosted by Clinton College, a historically African American institution, the crowd was largely white.
Warren deflected concerns about the enthusiasm gap among black Democrats for her candidacy as opposed to Joe Biden's in the "First in the South" state, where the demographic comprises the majority of the primary electorate. Biden, the other top-tier candidate who served two terms as No. 2 to the country's first African American president, polls wellwith older black voters in South Carolina and nationwide.
"African American women have really been the backbone of the Democratic Party for generations now. They get out there and they fight for people," Warren told reporters. "What I'm doing is showing up and trying to talk to people about why I'm in this fight, about what's broken, about how to fix it, and how we're building a grassroots movement to get it done."
The former special needs public school teacher turned Harvard Law School professor cited, for example, the importance of investing in other historically black colleges and universities, mitigating black-white wealth disparities, improving African American maternal health outcomes, and stamping out housing discrimination.
However, Warren, a staunch Wall Street critic, vocal consumer advocate, and frequent President Trump foil, pushed back on the assumption she hadn't prioritized South Carolina over predominantly white Iowa and New Hampshire. She also enjoys a geographical advantage in the Granite State being the senator from next door. ...
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