The Des Moines Register editorial board endorsed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) for the Democratic primary nomination on Saturday evening, just shy of a week before the first-in-the-nation caucuses in Iowa on Feb. 3.
The endorsement comes just a week after the New York Times also endorsed Warren, along with her fellow Democratic primary challenger, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (Minn.).
“The Des Moines Register editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses as the best leader for these times” the board wrote, before touting her views on the economy and free markets.
“The senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts is not the radical some perceive her to be. She was a registered Republican until 1996. She is a capitalist. ‘I love what markets can do,’ she said. ‘They are what make us rich, they are what create opportunity'” it continued.
The board opined that the senator, “wants a government that works for people, not one corrupted by cash,” the line also a main talking point for the Warren campaign.
However, the board did not agree with all of the candidate’s plans for “big structural change,” alleging that they “go too far.”
“This board could not endorse the wholesale overhaul of corporate governance or cumulative levels of taxation she proposes. While the board has long supported single-payer health insurance, it believes a gradual transition is the more realistic approach. But Warren is pushing in the right direction.”
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Despite that one “qualification,” the news source also pointed to Warren’s career as a Harvard law professor and her work to break up big banks in the Senate. The piece also characterized Warren as a candidate who would work to defend the “working class,” support Medicare-for-all and drive new policy to address climate change.
“Those ideas are not radical,” the editorial read. “They are right. They would improve life in America, and they are generally shared by the other Democratic candidates, who bring their own strengths to this race.”
The editorial also complimented each Democratic frontrunner, saying Biden would “restore credibility in the White House” and “much like Warren, Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE champions the working class.”
At the end of the endorsement, the newspaper remarked on Warren’s resolve, saying that, “Warren has proven that she is tough and fearless,” and added that she has “seemingly endless energy” to fight for the people of America.
Warren has often ranked in the top four candidates in the primary, trailing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and fellow progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
However, the Sanders campaign recently locked down a number of high-profile endorsements from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.) and Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalBiden’s right, we need policing reform now – the House should quickly take up his call to action Defense bill turns into proxy battle over Floyd protests Top progressive lawmaker unveils bill requiring national police training standards MORE (D-Wash.).
Sanders gained 7-point lead in Iowa ahead of the state’s caucuses. A new poll released on Saturday showed Sanders at 25 percent support, followed by former Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE at 18 percent, Biden at 17 percent support and Warren at 15 percent.
In 2016, the newspaper’s editorial board endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE for the Democratic primary over Sanders. In the two elections before that, they endorsed Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Georgia officials launch investigation after election day chaos | Senate report finds Chinese telecom groups operated in US without proper oversight Republican Senators ask FCC to ‘clearly define’ when social media platforms should receive liability protections Trump’s tweet on protester sparks GOP backlash MORE (R-Florida) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMilley discussed resigning from post after Trump photo-op: report Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Attorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury MORE (R-Utah).
Though the paper is in the center of the primary election, their endorsement has historically shown little correlation with the success of candidates in the caucuses.