‘Maybe I just wasn’t good enough’: Elizabeth Warren reflects on unsuccessful presidential campaign in new book

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Then-US presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks during a rally at Washington Square Park in New York on September 16, 2019.

  • Sen. Warren reflects on her unsuccessful 2020 presidential bid in her upcoming book, “Persist.”
  • After entering the race to much fanfare, she was unable to translate that enthusiasm to votes.
  • “Maybe I just wasn’t good enough to reassure the voters,” she wrote.
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When Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts entered the 2020 presidential race, she didn’t really need a national introduction.

A former professor at Harvard Law School, she was also the architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which was started under then-President Barack Obama in 2011 to oversee consumer protection in the financial sector.

After Warren was elected to the Senate from Massachusetts in 2012, defeating then-GOP Sen. Scott Brown, the presidential buzz immediately followed.

When Warren announced her candidacy in February 2019, she was seen as a Democrat who could win progressives and blue-collar Democrats with her populist economic message. After many rural voters abandoned former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, Warren felt that robust economic plans on tax reform and proposals for tackling student loan debt would resonate with a wide swath of voters.

However, after disappointing showings in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, she tried to turn her campaign around on Super Tuesday. It didn’t work.

After Biden unexpectedly won the Massachusetts Democratic primary that day, with Warren securing a third-place finish in her home state, she soon exited the race.

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What happened?

In Warren’s upcoming book, “Persist,” set to be released on May 4, she reflects – quite candidly – on why her campaign failed to launch her into a one-on-one battle with former President Donald Trump for the White House.

“In this moment, against this president, in this field of candidates, maybe I just wasn’t good enough to reassure the voters, to bring along the doubters, to embolden the hopeful,” Warren wrote.

She wrote that the possibility of this notion being true was “painful.”

For Warren, who has kept a somewhat low profile since Biden took office, the book reveals a chapter of her life that had the potential to make her the first female president in US history.

In the book, Warren points to questions about the cost of her health care overhaul as part of her downfall, as well as what she says were the lingering suspicions that plagued high-profile female candidates like 2010 Massachusetts Senate candidate Martha Coakley and Clinton.

“I had to run against the shadows of Martha and Hillary,” she said, suggesting that some voters may have been leery of nominating a woman to take on Trump.

Warren also said that with the dozens of policy proposals that were drafted during the campaign, there was a lot to juggle.

“It can be risky to learn on the run, particularly if some of that learning is happening in public,” she wrote.

While Warren takes time to tackle her loss in the book, as a sitting senator, she still wants to empower her ideas.

“This book is about the fight that lies ahead,” Warren emphasizes on the back of the book.

In the book, she also offers praise for former 2020 competitor Biden, describing him as a “steady, decent man,” as well as Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, whom she describes as “fearless and determined.”

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Pelosi says in new book that Trump’s 2016 victory felt ‘like a mule kicking you in the back over and over again’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) arrives for an event on Capitol Hill on April 14, 2021.

  • After Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016, Nancy Pelosi said that Trump’s victory was “stunningly scary.”
  • “How could they elect such a person – who talked that way about women,” she wondered.
  • Trump’s win drove Pelosi to stay in the House and continue her work in Washington.
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In 2016, then-Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California was looking forward to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ascension to the White House.

In “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power,” an upcoming book about Pelosi’s life written by biographer and USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, Pelosi described how Clinton winning the election would have secured hard-fought legislative victories, including the Affordable Care Act.

Pelosi, then 76, saw herself spending time with her nine grandchildren and enjoying her retirement years.

But then Donald Trump won the presidency that November, throwing Pelosi’s plans into chaos.

When Pelosi spoke with then-Rep. Bob Brady of Pennsylvania about Clinton’s performance in the state, he was initially upbeat. But by the end of the night, he called and said the former secretary of state’s path to victory in the Keystone State was no longer realistic.

Clinton needed Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes to win the presidency, and with that state gone, along with narrow losses in the longtime Democratic strongholds of Michigan and Wisconsin, the Trump era would soon begin.

Pelosi expressed that she was “horrified” by Trump’s win and felt “physical” pain, saying it was “like a mule kicking you in the back over and over again.”

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Not only did Trump win, but Republicans retained their House and Senate majorities, leaving Democrats out of power in Congress.

Pelosi, who had led the House Democratic conference since 2003 and served as Speaker from 2007 to 2011, found herself faced with the prospect of another two years in the minority and without a legislative partner in the White House.

She was concerned about the new conservative-oriented direction on everything from healthcare and climate change to education and environmental regulations.

While Pelosi was upset that a woman would not occupy the White House, she thought it was “scary” that Trump could have been elected in the first place.

“That was saddening, but the election of Donald Trump was stunningly scary, and it was justified to be scared,” she said. “How could they elect such a person – who talked that way about women, who was so crude and … to me, creepy.”

Pelosi believed that Trump was “unfit” to sit in the Oval Office, and by the end of that Election night, she knew that her time in leadership would not come to an end, aware of the political turbulence ahead.

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Hillary Clinton mocks Ted Cruz after he reportedly left his pet dog, Snowflake, behind amid Texas’ storm

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., checking into Cancun International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021.

  • Hillary Clinton blasted Ted Cruz for reportedly leaving his dog behind amid a winter storm in Texas.
  • A picture taken by a journalist went viral after it showed the dog looking out from the family home.
  • “Don’t vote for anyone you wouldn’t trust with your dog,” Clinton tweeted on Friday.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jabbed Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for his decision to travel to Cancun, Mexico, amid a catastrophic winter storm in Texas and allegedly leaving behind his pet dog, Snowflake.

“Don’t vote for anyone you wouldn’t trust with your dog,” Clinton tweeted on Friday after a picture of Snowflake looking out from Cruz’s dark family mansion went viral on social media.

The picture of the pooch was taken by Houston-based journalist Michael Hardy, who wrote an article in New York Magazine on Friday titled: “Ted Cruz Abandons Millions of Freezing Texans and His Poodle, Snowflake.” 

In the article, Hardy described driving down to the senator’s home in the River Oaks neighborhood to “check out” his “power situation” after Cruz claimed his family, like millions of others, were without heat and water.

Upon his arrival at the “dark and uninhabited” mansion, Hardy described hearing a bark before noticing a small, white dog looking out of the front door window. 

“As I approached to knock, a man stepped out of the Suburban parked in Cruz’s driveway. ‘Is this Senator Cruz’s house?’ I asked. He said it was, that Cruz wasn’t home, and identified himself as a security guard,” Hardy wrote, according to New York Magazine.

“When asked who was taking care of the dog, the guard volunteered that he was. Reassured of the dog’s well-being, I returned to my car,” Hardy added.

It was shortly after this conversation that the journalist took a picture of the dog and tweeted it out to his followers, writing: “Also, Ted appears to have left behind the family poodle.”

Hardy later added: “Just to clarify, this was taken around 1 pm central on Thursday. It’s possible Ted brought the poodle back from Cancun with him, or that a family member was staying behind to take care of the dog.”


Cruz left his home state as millions struggled with extreme winter conditions that resulted in severe food shortages, power loss, and a clean water crisis. At the time of writing, at least 47 people have died due to the freezing conditions, although this number is expected to be much higher, according to the Texas Tribune.

Upon realizing his mistake, the Texas Senator cut his trip short and flew back to Texas almost 24 hours after departing.

In an interview with reporters, he explained that he was only dropping off his daughters on a vacation with their friends because his family had “lost heat and water.” He also added that he had planned to return the following day.

“Look, it was obviously a mistake. In hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it. I was trying to be a dad,” Cruz said.

But several hours later, a text from Heidi Cruz’s group chat that was leaked to Insider (and confirmed by the New York Times) revealed that the family had been planning to escape Texas for several days and invited others to go along with them.

“Is everyone warm? That’s a must! We could all huddle in one house, [name’s] had heat,” Heidi wrote. “Anyone can or want to leave for the week? We may go to Cancun, there is a direct flight at 445pm and hotels with capacity. Seriously.”

United Airlines confirmed later that Cruz’s flight back to Houston was originally scheduled to return on Saturday, according to NBC News.

Cruz is not the first politician to have been embroiled in dog-related drama.

In 2007, Sen. Mit Romeny found himself the subject of negative media attention after it was reported that in 1983, he had traveled 12 hours to Canada with his Irish Setter, Seamus, strapped to the roof of the car in a kennel.

Romney’s dog reportedly had diarrhea during the trip, which was only noticed after Romney’s son saw brown liquid dripping down the back window. The senator, who was still a businessman at the time, had to hose the dog off and stuffed him back into the crate. 

This incident, condemned by PETA, was used to attack Romney in both his 2008 and the 2012 presidential elections.

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Hillary Clinton says conspiracies about her spread by QAnon followers are ‘rooted in ancient scapegoating of women’

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In an interview published Friday, Hillary Clinton (R) sounded off about QAnon and those who spread such theories, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (L).

  • In an interview with The New York Times, Hillary Clinton addressed conspiracy theories about her.
  • She addressed the role of Marjorie Taylor Greene and social media in the spreading of false theories.
  • “We are facing a mass addiction with the effective purveying of disinformation on social media,” she said.
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Hillary Clinton, the former first lady, senator, secretary of state, and nominee for president, in an interview with The New York Times published Friday addressed the rampant and baseless conspiracy theories about her and her family, including those spread by Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

“For me, it does go back to my earliest days in national politics, when it became clear to me that there was a bit of a market in trafficking in the most outlandish accusations and wild stories concerning me, my family, people that we knew, people close to us,” Clinton said in an interview with New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg.

Clinton, who served as secretary of state during President Barack Obama’s first term in the White House, said that the attacks against her relying on baseless theories, like ones that allege she belongs to a satanic cult, are part of larger cultural sexism and misogyny.

“This is rooted in ancient scapegoating of women, of doing everything to undermine women in the public arena, women with their own voices, women who speak up against power and the patriarchy,” she told The New York Times. “This is a Salem Witch Trials line of argument against independent, outspoken, pushy women. And it began to metastasize around me.”

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The former first lady also addressed how theories against her had been propagated on social media, appearing to blame social-media platforms for the views and theories that have been espoused by individuals like Greene, who this week was stripped through a House vote of her committee assignments as a result of her past and recent comments.

“We are facing a mass addiction with the effective purveying of disinformation on social media,” Clinton said. “I don’t have one iota of sympathy for someone like her, but the algorithms, we are now understanding more than ever we could have, truly are addictive. And whatever it is in our brains for people who go down those rabbit holes, and begin to inhabit this alternative reality, they are, in effect, made to believe.”

As Insider’s Rachel E. Greenspan previously reported, Greene has acknowledged numerous baseless theories about Clinton, including “Pizzagate” and “Frazzledrip,” a fictitious video that conspiracy theorists claim shows Hillary Clinton and an aide sexually assault a child, slice off her face, and wear it as a mask.

Democrats, generally, have accused social media companies of being complicit in the spreading of misinformation and disinformation, while Republicans lash out at companies like Facebook and Twitter when their attempts to limit such content involve actions against Republicans, like its permanent suspension of former President Donald Trump in January.

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