Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was lauded today as the most effective candidate to face off against former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg in yesterday’s DNC debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. While several candidates laid into Bloomberg – criticizing among other things his support for the now disgraced stop-and-frisk policy – Warren called Bloomberg out on sexism.
Bloomberg has several nondisclosure agreements over harassment allegations in place and, according to a 1990 booklet compiled by colleagues at the time, has referred to female members of the British royal family as “fat broads and horse-faced lesbians".
Warren has fared well during the past DNC debates and has been declared winner on several occasions. She is also the candidate who has racked up most speaking time during all debates for the 2020 Democratic nomination that took place so far, with a total speaking time of almost 147 minutes (two hours and 27 minutes). This puts her ahead of all other candidates who have taken part in all nine debates to-date - Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) as well as Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg. Billionaire candidate Tom Steyer spoke for about 52 minutes during his five debate appearances, still more than 2020 drop-out Andrew Yang, who participated seven times, but only totaled around 51 minutes of speaking time.
Despite her debating skills, voter support for Warren has been waning lately in early nominating states as well as in national polls.