“It’s not a secret at all.”
Elizabeth Warren and her Republican challenger Geoff Diehl met for their first debate on Friday night. Warren’s DNA test came up right away, as she tried to spin it into an example of transparency.
She also did her best to tie Diehl to Trump, but the most notable jab came from Diehl who hammered Warren’s presidential aspirations.
The Associated Press reports, via Boston.com:
Here’s what happened in the Senate debate between Elizabeth Warren and Geoff Diehl
Warren, a possible 2020 presidential candidate running for a second six-year Senate term, defended her decision to release DNA test results this week that provide some evidence a Native American is in her bloodline.
Warren released the tests in part to counter President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticized Warren’s claims of Native American heritage, calling her “Pocahontas.”
Warren also said she released the tests for the same reason she put 10 years of her tax returns online and released hiring records from her career as a law professor.
“The whole notion of confidence in government has really gone to a low point and so for me, what I’ve done is I’ve just tried to put it all out there,” she said. “I am an open book.”
This was the pivotal moment:
Diehl said Warren has taken her eye off her day job representing Massachusetts by exploring a White House run. Warren has said she’ll take “a hard look” at a 2020 run after the midterm elections.
“You are running for president. Everybody knows,” Diehl said. “It’s not a secret at all.”
Watch the video below:
Another notable moment can be seen below. Warren boasts of being an open book, having put out her tax information, her family history and saying “shoot” she even took a DNA test. She then cites the Boston Globe, her biggest media fan and greatest defender, as evidence:
“The Boston Globe has done an extensive analysis, and come up with the fact that nothing in my background ever made any difference in my hiring.”
Professor Jacobson has done an extensive analysis of the roll-out of Warren’s DNA test and the role the Boston Globe played in it, which you can read here.
Diehl is correct, Warren is running for president, and if the people of Massachusetts re-elect her to the Senate, she will be busy with other things very shortly.
If polls are to be believed however, Warren has little to worry about. According to Real Clear Politics, she is leading Diehl by double digits.
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