One Democratic strategist has noted that Elizabeth Warren has been displaying “the same kind of enthusiasm that helped clinch President Donald Trump his party’s nomination in 2016,” Newsweek reported.
Last week, Warren was a strong contender against polls front-runner Joe Biden, Democratic strategist Michael Gordon said, adding that Elizabeth Warren’s current campaign and enthusiasm may just give her an obvious advantage, considering Biden is facing some problematic times.
“In the Republican Primaries, Trump was ahead. He was in the same position Biden has been in. People didn’t think voters would support him but they did—and he had the kind of enthusiasm that Warren is seeing now,” Gordon said.
“I think what’s happening with Biden is there’s just starting to appear a cumulative effect of his gaps and other controversies such as this one,” Gordon told the Newsweek when asked to comment on the Ukraine whistleblower allegations that Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate potential political rival Biden.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me,” the President said in a phone call with Ukraine’s Zelensky.
And with the former VP’s name continuously coming up, and Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani pushing he should be probed, Warren has seen a rise in polls. However, Gordon argues that the Ukraine claims are not the only reason.
“Some of that is built into his (Biden’s) numbers already but with Warren surging, there is now a clear alternative and Biden is not the impenetrable front-runner that he was even a month ago,” Gordon continued. “And there’s also a clear enthusiasm gap percolating between the two. I always put my money on the candidates with the most enthusiasm, and that’s Warren right now.”
“I think this current issue will be a factor, but in part, because it’s part of a larger narrative of Biden being an imperfect candidate,” Gordon said.
Figures from Quinnipiac University Poll and Emerson College Poll show Warren closing in on Biden.
“Warren is surging and she is going to continue to surge so we are just seeing the beginning of it, and that very much has to do with the substance of her campaign as well as her debate performance,” Gordon said. “She has also had some good talk show appearances and things like that, so it’s the whole of everything that has worked in her favor. It’s a combination of those things and it’s a credit to her campaign as well as her winning what I call the media primary early on. Her name recognition was pretty high going into this cycle.”