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Warren Panics After NH Primary: Factions May ‘Burn Down’ Democrat Party
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 11: Elizabeth Warren speaks to the crowd during her New Hampshire Election Night Event at the Executive Health and Sports Center in Manchester, NH on Feb. 11, 2020. The primary election results roll in.
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Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren fretted on Tuesday night as her campaign appeared headed for another disappointment in the New Hampshire primary, saying that things are becoming too bitter between the Democratic candidates and that it could “burn down” the party.

“But, since we are here tonight among family and friends, I also want us to be honest with ourselves as Democrats,” Warren said. “We might be headed for another one of those long primary fights that lasts for months, we’re two states in with 55 states and territories to go. We still have 98% of our delegates for our nomination up for grabs and Americans in every part of the country are going to make their voices heard.”

“The question for us Democrats is whether it will be a long, bitter, rehash of the same old divides in our party or whether we can find another way,” Warren continued. “Senator Sanders and Mayor Buttigieg are both great people and either one of them would be a far better president than Donald Trump. I respect them both.”

“But the fight between factions in our party has taken a sharp turn in recent weeks with ads mocking other candidates and with supporters of some candidates shouting curses at other Democratic candidates,” Warren continued. “These harsh tactics might work, if you are willing to burn down the rest of the party to be the last man standing.”

“They might work if you don’t worry about leaving our party and our politics worse off than how you found it,” Warren continued. “And they might work if you think only you have all the answers and only you are the solution are the solution to all our problems. But if we’re going to beat Donald Trump in November, we are going to need huge turn out within our party and to get that turnout we will need a nominee that the broadest coalition of our party feels like they can get behind.”


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