As Warren surges, her GOP past comes back to haunt her

As Warren surges, her GOP past comes back to haunt her


♪ ♪>>Martha: ELIZABETH WARREN RIDING HIGH AFTER DRAWING 15,000 PEOPLE TO A RALLY IN SEATTLE, SHE SAID. AND TONIGHT THE PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT IS A LITTLE BIT MORE TO CELEBRATE, A NEW MONMOUTH BOWL HAS HER ROCKETING TO FIRST PLACE TO A TIE WITH BERNIE SANDERS. THEY ARE BOTH AT 20% IN THIS POLL. THAT KNOCKS JOE BIDEN OUT OF THE LEAD BY ONE POINT. HE IS AT 19%, BUT AS WARREN’S STAR RISES, OF COURSE, SO DOES THE SCRUTINY OF HER ROOTS, WHICH ALSO INCLUDE THE PERIOD OF TIME WHEN SHE WAS A REPUBLICAN. SO HOW DOES ALL OF THIS SORT OUT? LIKE EMMANUEL HAS HER BACK STORY TONIGHT. HI, MIKE.>>MARTHA, GOOD EVENING. ELIZABETH WARREN’S IMPROVED BOWLING MEAN SHE’S GOING TO A BIGGER TARGET, INCLUDING ATTACKS ON HER REPUBLICAN PAST. SHE WAS A REPUBLICAN WELL INTO HER 40s. NOW THAT SHE IS 70 I’M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AS A DEMOCRAT, THAT PAST COULD BE A LIABILITY. WARREN HAS SAID SHE WAS WITH THE G.O.P. FOR A WHILE BECAUSE SHE REALLY THOUGHT IT WAS A PARTY THAT WAS PRINCIPLED IN ITS CONSERVATIVE APPROACH TO ECONOMICS AND MARKETS. WARREN TOLD “THE DAILY BEAST” IN 2011 “I WAS A REPUBLICAN BECAUSE I THOUGHT THAT THOSE WERE THE PEOPLE WHO BEST SUPPORTED MARKETS. I THINK THAT IS NOT TRUE ANYMORE.” THEN IN 2012, WARREN TOLD “THE BOSTON GLOBE” DURING HER FIRST RACE WITH THE SENATE “I FELT LIKE THE PARTIES WERE MOVING IN THE CONVERSATION WAS MOVING. I FELT LIKE I HAD STAYED IN THE SAME PLACE AND THE WORLD HAD SHIFTED AROUND ME.” RECORDS LAW PROFESSOR WHO WORKED WITH MORAN IN THE LATE 1980s SAYS HE WAS SHOCKED BY HER TRANSFORMATION. HE TOLD POLITICO “I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I BECAME AWARE OF HER AS A POLITICAL PERSON AND HEARD HER SPEAK. I ALMOST FELL OFF MY CHAIR. SHE’S DEFINITELY CHANGED.” ACTORS AND ACTIVISTS SUSAN SARANDON USED WARREN’S REPUBLICAN PAST AS A WEAPON LAST WEEK IN IOWA.>>HE IS NOT SOMEONE WHO USED TO BE A REPUBLICAN. HE HAS NOT SOMEONE WHO USED TO TAKE MONEY — OR STILL TAKES MONEY FROM WALL STREET. HE IS THE REAL DEAL.>>NOW WARREN IS TRYING TO REASSURE DEMOCRATS THAT SHE IS NOT TOO LIBERAL TO BE ELECTED. AS A WHOLE ELECTABILITY ARGUMENT AND SHE’S BEEN EMPHASIZING THAT SHE’S A BIG TEAM PLAYER HELPING THE PARTY AND OTHER DEMOCRATS GET ELECTED.>>I’VE BEEN UP TO 26 STATES AND PUERTO RICO, BLUE STATES, RED STATES, READ PARTS OF BLUE STATES, ALL OF IT. I HAVE HAD A HUNDRED 27 TOWN HALLS AND FESTIVAL, I’VE TAKEN 50,000 SELFIES. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS OUR TIME AND THIS IS OUR WAY.

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