The Boston Globe on Wednesday endorsed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names 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 TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in November.
“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 SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness 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.
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“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.
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: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) last month.