Dem Operative: Before Her DNA Test, Warren Was the Democrat in the Best Position for a 2020 Run Dem Operative: Before Her DNA Test, Warren Was the Democrat in the Best Position for a 2020 Run – NTK Network

Dem Operative: Before Her DNA Test, Warren Was the Democrat in the Best Position for a 2020 Run

"That was the gamble, and I would say they lost that gamble," Axelrod said.

By NTK Staff | 10.30.2018 @11:49am

David Axelrod, who was the chief strategist for former President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, said during an interview released Tuesday that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was in the best position of any Democratic for a 2020 run before she released the results of her DNA test.

Politico‘s Tim Alberta asked Axelrod what he thought about Warren releasing the results of her DNA test.

“There isn’t anybody who had done more to position themselves for 2020 than she had up to that point,” Axelrod said.

Axelrod then told Alberta that he had talked with a “bunch” of Democratic candidates who told Axelrod that Warren was the first call they got on election night.

“Winners and losers. And she has a full staff going just to service 2018 candidates and provide assistance in whatever way they need it. That’s shrewd,” Axelrod said.

“That was a head-scratcher,” Axelrod said of Warren’s DNA test. “First of all, the timing of it was odd. Why, you know, intrude on this midterm process that way?”

“It’s hard to get the upper hand with Trump in a kind of skunk fight. And you know, I think she was trying to push back because she didn’t want to have him, you know, continue on what is like another version of birtherism, and she thought she could end that discussion,” Axelrod said. “That was the gamble, and I would say they lost that gamble.”

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