Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren holds town hall in Peterborough

  • Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) hosted a town hall in a packed Peterborough Town House on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) hosted a town hall in Peterborough on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) gives an exclusive interview to the Ledger-Transcript before hosting a town hall in Peterborough on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) hosted a town hall in Peterborough on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) hosted a town hall in Peterborough on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) hosted a town hall in Peterborough on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) hosted a town hall in Peterborough on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) hosted a town hall in Peterborough on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) hosted a town hall in Peterborough on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) hosted a town hall in Peterborough on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/8/2019 6:40:23 PM

Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren rode her rising wave of grassroots support into Peterborough Monday afternoon, hosting a packed-beyond-capacity town hall at the Peterborough Town House.

It was the latest in the series of town halls for Senator Warren (D-MA), whose campaign has forgone the large fundraisers and big donor meet-and-greets for face-to-face interactions and now-obligatory selfie lines. That strategy, paired with her near-weekly rollouts of comprehensive policy plans, helped her campaign raise $19.1 million dollars over the past three months, ahead of candidates like Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris and just behind front-runner Joe Biden and Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg.

“It means we really can build a grassroots movement across this country,” Warren said in an interview with the Ledger-Transcript prior to her town hall appearance, “and we can do it by connecting people to the ideas that would change government.”

After introductions by local supporter Beth Crooker of Temple and Congresswoman Anne Kuster (D-NH), Warren took the Town House stage to thunderous applause. Warren ran through her life story, from poor Oklahoman to school teacher to lawyer to senator, and outlined some of her numerous plans aimed at revitalizing the middle and lower classes. Warren drew upon her own mother’s experience working a minimum wage job to keep the family afloat, saying she realized later that things have shifted so much in this country that working hard was no longer enough.

“A full-time minimum wage job in America will not keep a mama and a baby out of poverty and that is wrong and that is why I’m in this fight!” Warren said. “Why is it that people who work every bit as hard as my mother worked a generation ago find the path so much rockier and steeper now? And for people of color, even rockier and even steeper?”

Warren, whose recent poll numbers showed her in third place behind Biden and Sanders, whipped the crowd into the frenzy as she listed off her reasons why.

“We have a government that works great for giant drug companies but not for people who are trying to get a prescription filled. We have a government that works great for investors in private prisons and immigration detention centers, but not for people whose lives are torn apart and who are appalled by what’s happening at our border. We have a government that works great, works fabulously for giant oil companies that want to drill everywhere – just not for the rest of us who see climate change bearing down upon us. When you’ve got a government that works great for those with money, works great for those who can hire an army of lobbyists and lawyers and bought-and-paid-for experts, when you’ve got a government that works for those at the top and isn’t working for much of anyone else, that is corruption, pure and simple,” Warren said.

Some of the plans Warren has rolled out over the past few months will likely play well in the Monadnock Region, where the need for more affordable housing and vital communities for young families has been stressed recently. Warren pointed to her student loan forgiveness, universal childcare and affordable housing proposals as an answer to the region’s pressing issue.

“All of a sudden, a young family says ‘I don’t have to live in a big city, I don’t have to fight for a bigger salary so that I can cover these big expenses – I can actually make it in a much smaller town and have a real chance to build something,’” Warren said. “...This is a chance to revitalize all of America, not just urban centers.”

Warren began the event by addressing the overflow crowd of about 50 who were not able to make it inside the packed town house, and ended it in her traditional style, by posing for selfies with her supporters, some of whom were waving “I’M A WARREN FAN” hand fans on the sweltering summer day.




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