Trump attempts to make fun of her by calling her “Pocahontas;” Bernie Sanders claims she can’t win because she is a woman; the current polls claim she is in third place. Her name is Elizabeth Warren, and she is my choice for the Democratic presidential nomination.
I’ll admit that it was a close decision between Bernie Sanders and Senator Warren. Many of their positions on the issues important to me are similar. Both are progressive and understand the needs and wishes of a nation whose average age is just 38.1 years of age. Both support fair taxation, universal healthcare, free or affordable education, sensible immigration reform, reforming our antiquated gun laws, complete equality for women in every area, and ending income inequality.
So why Warren over Sanders? Two primary factors.
First, I continue to believe that America desperately needs a woman president. Women are more supportive of social issues, the needs of all Americans, and less likely to support another unwinnable war. Old, white men have failed miserably and it’s time for a sensible and thoughtful woman to take control of America’s future.
Many men, and women who are dominated by men, continue to believe that a woman cannot win a presidential election. Two facts prove the error of this assumption.
First, Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election; Trump illegitimately won the Electoral College. This nation is eager to have a woman president, and Senator Warren would receive the great majority of votes from women who continue to dominate America’s population.
Second, I have doubts that Bernie’s age and health will allow him to have the energy, stamina, and strength to battle Republicans in congress. Bernie will be 79 on election day and had one heart attack just months ago.
Senator Warren will be 71 on November 3, 2020. As some of you may know, I was an avid Kamala Harris supporter since 2016. Her age and the fact that she was a strong, intelligent African American woman made her my first choice. I believe that Senator Warren is more in touch with all Americans than Bernie, and definitely more than Joe Biden.
Regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination this summer, she or he will need a younger, extremely qualified man or woman to serve as her or his running mate.
Just a few days ago Cory Booker resigned from his campaign. I have long admired Senator Booker. He is intelligent, courageous, an extreme patriot, and would undoubtedly serve all 330 million Americans.
Most importantly, I believe he would greatly complement Senator Warren. Equally important is that he will be only 51 years of age on election day. He is far more in touch with a young nation whose average age is just over 38.
Finally, I have one more possibility. Senator Warren could choose Senator Harris as her running mate. I’m sure you’re saying, “two women, can’t win.” I believe you are very mistaken.
I am positive that two women would crush the two whitest men in America in the general election. Trump and Pence would be at the mercy of two strong and very qualified women on November 3rd.
Senator Warren and Senator Harris share most of the same views on issues important to most Americans.
Therefore, I say, “Warren and Booker,” or “Warren and Harris” in 2020.
“The Truth Lives Here”
Op-ed by James Turnage
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