Crowd erupts after Warren calls out candidates who say progressive policies can't get done

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.) elicited cheers from the crowd at the second Democratic primary debate on Tuesday when she pushed back on candidates who said progressive policies cannot be achieved. 

“I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for,” Warren said to loud applause from the Detroit crowd.  

The comment was in response to former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan says there will be consequences from fraying US-China relations; WHO walks back claims on asymptomatic spread of virus MORE (D-Md.), who said he was not running on “fairy tale” policies. 


The exchange underscored a battle between centrists and progressives on the stage. 

Delaney, a moderate who has lagged in the polls and fundraising, came out swinging against Warren and her fellow progressive Sen. 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 (I-Vt.) on a number of issues, including health care. 

“Why do we have to be the party of taking something away from people?” Delaney asked. “That’s what they’re running on. They’re running on telling half the country that your health insurance is illegal.”

Warren hit back at Delaney, accusing him of touting Republican talking points. 

“We are the Democrats. We are not about taking health care from anyone. That’s what the Republicans are trying to do, and we should stop using Republican talking points,” she said. 

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