The rally came hours after Warren released her proposal to combat corruption in Washington, calling for laws that would restrict conflicts of interest for the president and vice president, stop lobbyists from entering government jobs, and impose a tax on excessive lobbying.
Warren has drawn progressively larger crowds in cities including Seattle and St. Paul. A Reuters poll released last week showed that her approval rating among voters has risen over the past month.
The senator was introduced by New York Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou, who praised Warren for her commitment to consumer protection and advocacy for working families.
“I am incredibly proud of being able to support Elizabeth Warren yesterday for president,” Niou told Common Dreams. “I have worked on anti-poverty issues all my life and especially focused on ending red-lining and prohibiting and regulating predatory financial products that harm communities of color. I actually looked up to her work on those issues and used a lot of them to base my own legislation on the state level.”
Writing for Esquire, columnist Jack Holmes noted that Warren’s political message was heightened by the geographic location of its delivery.
In addition to the rally’s proximity to the historic labor site and the culturally-rich Greenwich Village, Warren spoke just blocks from Wall Street. She addressed New Yorkers, wrote Holmes, “in what is now one of the world’s most expensive zip codes, surrounded in the distance by towering monuments to the daunting power of the American financial machine.”
The senator urged voters to view the 2020 election as a chance to go on the offensive against President Donald Trump, pushing for bold reforms instead of simply aiming for a Democrat to win—a tactic former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign has promoted.
“There’s a lot at stake in this election, and I know people are scared,” Warren said. “But we can’t choose a candidate we don’t believe in just because we’re too scared to do anything else. And Democrats can’t win if we’re scared and looking backward.”
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