Warren: Democrats' message must be more than 'not-Trump' – Sparks Tribune

By Scott Sonner

Associated Press

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., delivers a speech at Wooster High School in Reno on Saturday. Sen. Warren blasted President Trump’s economic and environmental policies and touted her plan to invest $500 billion over the next 10 years to build, preserve and rehabilitate affordable housing units for low-income families.

RENO — Democrats running for president will have to do more than campaign on an anti-Trump message if they want to take back the White House in 2020, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Saturday.

“If your message is ‘not-Trump,’ it’s not going to work,” the Democratic presidential hopeful told about 500 supporters who packed a rally at a high school gymnasium in Reno. “Our job it to talk about our vision.”

The Massachusetts senator blasted President Donald Trump’s economic and environmental policies and touted her plan to invest $500 billion over the next 10 years to build, preserve and rehabilitate affordable housing units for low-income families. Warren said she would pay for it by returning the estate tax thresholds to where they were during President George W. Bush’s administration and imposing a new “wealth” tax on the nation’s 17,000 wealthiest families.

“Washington is working for the ultra, super-duper rich and until we change that we are going to stay on this path. This is our moment,” she told the cheering crowd.

Warren was making her second campaign stop this year in the early caucus state, which follows only New Hampshire and Iowa in the nominating process. More than half the crowd lined up to take selfies with her after she spoke.

Warren said that when she was growing up in Oklahoma and her mother had to get a part-time job to keep their family from losing its home, a minimum-wage job would support a family of three.

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