Sanders campaign urging volunteers to tell Warren supporters she only appeals to 'affluent': report

Sanders campaign urging volunteers to tell Warren supporters she only appeals to 'affluent': report
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A script being distributed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Sanders 'disappointed' in House panel's vote on drug prices MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign to volunteers reportedly presents Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (D-Mass.) as a 2020 candidate who appeals predominantly to better-educated, wealthier voters.

According to Politico, the script instructs volunteers to tell voters leaning toward the Massachusetts senator that “I like Elizabeth Warren. [optional] In fact, she’s my second choice. But here’s my concern about her.”

It goes on to instruct volunteers to say “people who support her are highly-educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what” and that “[s]he's bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party,” the news outlet reported.


Politico added that instructs volunteers to take aim at the electability in the other candidates within the top tier of the Democratic field as well, pointing out former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership LGBT film festival to premiere documentary about Pete Buttigieg MORE’s lack of support among African Americans and young people and saying that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE “doesn’t really have any volunteers” and fails to generate excitement even among supporters.

It was reportedly unclear whether the script was intended for phone canvassing or those going door-to-door.

Sanders and Warren, longtime personal friends, have largely held off on attacks on one another, with both campaigns largely training their fire on their more moderate competitors.

Despite similar economic populist messages, the two campaigns have attracted different levels of support among the working class, with an Open Secrets analysis last September showing Sanders is the top recipient of donations from professions such as nurses, farmers, servers, truckers, social workers, retail workers and construction workers. 

The Sanders campaign did not dispute the authenticity of the script to Politico, but offered no further comment.


A spokesperson for the Sanders campaign declined comment to The Hill.

The Hill has also reached out to the Warren campaign for comment.

--This report was updated at 9:21 a.m.