Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) scolded CBS anchor Tony Dokoupil during a Tuesday morning interview, telling him, “bite your tongue!” when he suggested Democrats might lose control of Congress within the year.
Co-host Nate Burleson asked about plans to move forward with the two election overhaul bills — the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act — and what Democrats planned to do if moderate Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) continued to stand firm on their refusal to amend or scrap the filibuster to get those measures past with no Republican support.
“In 2024, should Manchin and Sinema be primaried?” Burleson asked.
“We’ll — we’ll address that when we get past this week,” Warren replied.
“OK, let me ask you about 2020, do you believe that President Biden is up for the job?” Burleson asked then.
“President Biden is running for reelection. I expect to support him,” Warren answered.
Co-host Gayle King pointed out the fact that Biden was struggling in the polls, saying, “His approval ratings are some of the lowest that they’ve been for a very long time.”
“I understand that,” Warren conceded, adding, “But remember, we’ve just finished the first quarter. We’re just starting into the second quarter here. So we’ve got a lot of time, a lot of work in front of us.”
“You only have probably less than a year before you lose both the Senate and the House,” Dokoupil interjected, and Warren’s reaction was immediate: “Aaaaaahhh, bite your tongue! Bite your tongue!”
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“All the polls are very, very bad, right?” Dokoupil continued. ” I mean, the — Gallup had a poll that showed a preference nationally for Republicans at a five-point margin over Democrats. You started with the insurrection and a nine-point advantage. In the fourth quarter, it was a five-point margin for Republicans. So something is not right here. Something that you think could change the game for President Biden is with the stroke of a pen he could cancel student loan debt federally,”
“Yes,” Warren agreed.
“Why do you think that would make such a difference?”
Warren said that the number of people who would be affected by canceling student debt was some 43 million Americans — and then she floated the idea of forgiving student debt for those who had not finished college as well.
“It would affect about 43 million Americans. And keep in mind, for the people who are dealing with student loan debt, about 40% of them do not have college diplomas. These are people who did what we want them to do as Americans. They tried. But they had babies, they were working three jobs, they moved and they didn’t make it, so now they’re dealing with student loan debt on what a high school grad makes,” she said.
Warren went on to claim that student debt forgiveness would address the racial disparity by closing the wealth gap between black and white Americans.