Mirroring former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s crash-and-burn campaign, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren continues to nosedive as a new national poll finds her plunging to third in the race for the Democrat presidential nomination.
With Democrats desperate to beat Trump, the latest Quinnipiac poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden continuing to lead the field with 24 percent. South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg has catapulted into second with 16 percent. Warren, who led the field over Biden last month with 28 percent, has quickly cratered with just 14 percent.
Since that October poll, taken of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents, Biden’s support has grown three percent, while Buttigieg is up six percent.
The movement appears tied to electability. Biden continues to be seen by Democrats as the likeliest to beat Trump, with 46 percent calling him most electable. In the October poll, only two percent said Buttigieg was most electable, but that has increased to six percent, mirroring his rise overall.
When asked what quality is most important in considering whom to support, electability was the most-cited, with 35 percent saying it was most important.
In the October poll, 20 percent said Warren was most electable but in one month that has plunged to just 10 percent as Warren began to more openly embrace socialist rhetoric. Just this week she called upon the federal government to seize the patents and intellectual property of U.S.-based employers.
Her strident calls for “Medicare For All,” which would criminalize private insurance, repulsed some Democrats. Not only would it destroy jobs in health care, many of which are now unionized, but it would annihilate union membership numbers. Many union members join only for access to competitive private health insurance benefits.
Banning private insurance and forcing all Americans into government-run systems eliminates unions’ biggest selling point — which would slash membership rolls and eradicate hundreds of millions of dollars in union revenues.
When Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called for “Medicare For All” he was forced to backtrack and change his plan in response to warnings from union bosses, saying he would seek to give unions additional government benefits to make up for the massive losses incurred by his socialist health care plan.
Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir told Fox News Sanders’ revised plan would allow union workers “to re-enter into contract negotiations … to say when the costs go down for you on health care, as they will, then those costs should be reapplied in the form of wage increases or other benefits to the workers and they shouldn’t be pocketed by employers. They’re doing well enough already.”
We’d call it an addition for unions,” said Shakir.