Boston Globe endorses Warren after previously calling her a 'divisive figure'

Boston Globe endorses Warren after previously calling her a 'divisive figure'
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The Boston Globe on Wednesday endorsed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality It's time to shut down industrial animal farming The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen MORE in the Democratic presidential primary, just days ahead of the South Carolina primary and subsequent Super Tuesday nominating contests. 

The backing from the Globe comes after the paper's editorial board had previously panned Warren as a “divisive figure” in 2018, shortly before the senator announced her presidential bid.

But in its Tuesday endorsement, the Globe’s editorial board hailed Warren as the Democratic party’s candidate best fit to advance a progressive agenda and challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE in November. 

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“Fearless and brilliant on her feet, Warren has the greatest potential among the candidates to lay bare Trump’s weaknesses on a debate stage,” the editorial board wrote. “The Senator gets the most mileage when she brings her fight not to caricatures of billionaires in wine caves but to the real people in the room with her — whether businessmen or bureaucrats — who have failed to fulfill the responsibilities of public service or whose plans for the country are half-baked or ill-conceived.”

The endorsement also acknowledged the earlier editorial, with the editorial board writing that Warren “has proved us wrong and has shaped the course of the race for the better.” 

The board lauded Warren’s track record and tenacity, and her pledge to fight corruption. 

The board set Warren apart from her progressive rival and current front-runner Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan Google: Chinese and Iranian hackers targeting Biden, Trump campaigns Sanders: Police departments that violate civil rights should lose federal funding MORE (I-Vt.) by arguing that she “is willing to adapt to changing circumstances and political concerns,” noting her recent vote in favor of the United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal that Sanders voted against. 

“Where others may see weakness, this board sees strength in her instances of nimbleness, and a reflection of her longstanding penchant for evidence as a driver of policy decisions. It hints at what is hopefully a willingness to compromise to accomplish real results when intransigence would sabotage a broader agenda,” the board wrote. 

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The endorsement comes as Warren has seen an influx in campaign donations since a strong showing in last week’s debate in Nevada. She has yet to clinch a first- or second-place spot in the first three nominating contests, but the recent donations could help give her an edge heading into Saturday’s South Carolina primary and next week’s Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses.

The Globe’s board also notes that each of the top six Democrats in the race “would make a better president” than Trump, noting at least one positive quality for each of them. 

The New York Times endorsed Warren along with Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Conspiracy theories run rampant online amid Floyd protests | First lawsuit filed against Trump social media order | Snapchat to no longer promote Trump's account Derek Chauvin charge upgraded to second-degree murder; other officers charged Democratic lawmakers push leadership to ensure college students have internet access MORE (D-Minn.) last month.