She certainly has a ‘buzz’ as she climbs in some of the polls….
Over the last six months, she has steadily climbed the polls, slipping by fellow progressive Sanders while drawing arena-sized crowds and creating a fundraising juggernaut strictly from small-dollar donations.
Democrats say Warren is likely drawing support from Sanders but that she may also be winning over more centrist voters.
“While I suspect her momentum is mostly drawing support from people who might otherwise be in the Bernie Sanders camp, I have no doubt that Vice President Biden’s team is tracking her ascendency carefully, as depending on the poll, they are now dueling for front-runner status,” said Democratic strategist Lynda Tran.
Sources close to Biden say they always expected a tight race, but in a possible sign his campaign is worried about the Massachusetts senator, he has started to take some shots at Warren.
“It’s a proven ability to get things done,” Biden said in a speech this week, contrasting his experience with Warren’s. “We’re not electing a planner.”
In the same address in New Hampshire, he also berated Trump for meddling in the Democratic primary by going after him over his son’s business dealings in Ukraine. Biden suggested that Warren’s rise is linked to the attacks Trump and Republicans are making on him, an argument that could help his own cause in the Democratic primary.
“We’re not going to let Donald Trump pick the Democratic nominee for president, period,” Biden said.
Warren allies say they wouldn’t be surprised to see the swipes from Biden continue during the debate on Tuesday. Warren, they say, will be prepared to handle questions about how she plans to pay for “Medicare for All,” as Biden wondered during the last debate.
The big challenge for Warren remains convincing enough of the Democratic electorate that she can defeat Trump in the general election.
A Fox News national poll out on Thursday said both Biden and Warren would defeat Trump 50 percent to 40 percent.
But a number of polls earlier in the year showed Biden with a bigger edge over Trump in key swing states. If enough Democratic voters see him as the person with the best chance of defeating Trump, it could carry him to a primary victory.
Manley said Warren still needs to prove herself to voters who may be skeptical of her progressive politics….