Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs Manchin dampens progressive hopes for billionaires tax Merkley, Warren and Markey sound alarm over 'dirty' hydrogen provision in climate deal MORE (D-Mass.) highlighted her work with former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden's finishing what Obama started with early learning Cotton tells Garland: 'Thank God you're not on the Supreme Court' Budowsky: Vote for Terry McAuliffe: The midterms have begun MORE and former Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid calls on Democrats to plow forward on immigration Democrats brace for tough election year in Nevada The Memo: Biden's horizon is clouded by doubt MORE (D-Nev.) in a new ad airing in Nevada ahead of the state’s caucuses next week.
The 30-second clip that is airing across the Silver State starting Saturday and highlights praise from the two former leaders on Warren’s work on economic issues, including her time setting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under the Obama administration.
“She’s become perhaps the leading voice in our country on behalf of consumers,” Obama says in archival footage included in the video. “Elizabeth understands what I strongly believe – that a strong, growing economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class.”
“She had studied the financial world and had an insight into it that others didn’t have. When she talks, people listen,” Reid, who remains an influential figure in Nevada politics even after his retirement, adds in another archival clip.
I was proud to fight beside @SenatorReid and @BarackObama to protect consumers—and I'll keep fighting to protect consumers as president of the United States. Watch our new ad airing in Nevada now. pic.twitter.com/A7G9fNxjsA— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 15, 2020
Warren has cast her campaign as a fight against income and financial inequities, proposing a series of plans that would raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans to help pay for the changes she is putting forth. Among the most touted proposals of her campaign is a 2 percent tax on net worth above $50 million.
The ad comes as the Massachusetts Democrat seeks to regain momentum in the primary race after third and fourth-place finishes in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, respectively. Warren in recent weeks has sought to characterize her candidacy as one that can unify progressives excited by her ideas with the moderate section of the party. Figures such as Obama and Reid are a possible nod to this effort.
Warren is polling in third place in Nevada, according to a new survey released this week, behind Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats hope to hold Big Oil 'accountable' On The Money — Will the billionaire tax survive Joe Manchin? Democrats cutting paid leave from spending deal amid Manchin opposition MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report 21 House Democrats call for removing IRS bank reporting proposal from spending bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Vulnerable House Dems push drug pricing plan MORE.