Des Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee

Des Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee
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The Des Moines Register editorial board endorsed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Bloomberg making debate will show how other candidates handle 'an egomaniac billionaire' Klobuchar campaign gets first super PAC HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination MORE (D-Mass.) for the Democratic primary nomination on Saturday evening, just shy of a week before the first-in-the-nation caucuses in Iowa on Feb. 3. 

The endorsement comes just a week after the New York Times also endorsed Warren, along with her fellow Democratic primary challenger, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar campaign gets first super PAC Sanders leads among Latino voters: poll How the media fall in and out of love with candidates MORE (Minn.). 

"The Des Moines Register editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses as the best leader for these times" the board wrote, before touting her views on the economy and free markets. 

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"The senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts is not the radical some perceive her to be. She was a registered Republican until 1996. She is a capitalist. 'I love what markets can do,' she said. 'They are what make us rich, they are what create opportunity'" it continued. 

The board opined that the senator, "wants a government that works for people, not one corrupted by cash," the line also a main talking point for the Warren campaign. 

However, the board did not agree with all of the candidate's plans for "big structural change," alleging that they "go too far." 

"This board could not endorse the wholesale overhaul of corporate governance or cumulative levels of taxation she proposes. While the board has long supported single-payer health insurance, it believes a gradual transition is the more realistic approach. But Warren is pushing in the right direction." 

Despite that one "qualification," the news source also pointed to Warren’s career as a Harvard law professor and her work to break up big banks in the Senate. The piece also characterized Warren as a candidate who would work to defend the “working class," support Medicare-for-all and drive new policy to address climate change. 

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“Those ideas are not radical,” the editorial read. “They are right. They would improve life in America, and they are generally shared by the other Democratic candidates, who bring their own strengths to this race.”

The editorial also complimented each Democratic frontrunner, saying Biden would "restore credibility in the White House" and “much like Warren, Bernie SandersBernie SandersBloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Warren: Bloomberg making debate will show how other candidates handle 'an egomaniac billionaire' HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination MORE champions the working class.”

At the end of the endorsement, the newspaper remarked on Warren's resolve, saying that, "Warren has proven that she is tough and fearless," and added that she has "seemingly endless energy" to fight for the people of America. 

Warren has often ranked in the top four candidates in the primary, trailing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination Meghan McCain to Joy Behar: 'You guys have done a piss-poor job of convincing me that I should vote for a Democrat' MORE and fellow progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

However, the Sanders campaign recently locked down a number of high-profile endorsements from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHouse Oversight accuses Border Patrol of blocking investigation into secret Facebook group Company to provide free clothing to any female candidate The Democratic demolition derby MORE (D-N.Y.) and Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalBand Portugal. The Man to join Sanders at campaign event in Tacoma Bloomberg builds momentum on Capitol Hill with new endorsements House Democrats' immigration bill would use tax dollars to import crime to America MORE (D-Wash.).

Sanders gained 7-point lead in Iowa ahead of the state's caucuses. A new poll released on Saturday showed Sanders at 25 percent support, followed by former Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegHuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination Sanders campaign expands operations in Michigan Sanders leads among Latino voters: poll MORE at 18 percent, Biden at 17 percent support and Warren at 15 percent. 

In 2016, the newspaper's editorial board endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Bernie Sanders's Super Tuesday problem Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength MORE for the Democratic primary over Sanders. In the two elections before that, they endorsed Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPeace Corps' sudden decision to leave China stirs blowback Lawmakers raise concerns over Russia's growing influence in Venezuela USDA takes heat as Democrats seek probe into trade aid MORE (R-Florida) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Donald Trump: Unrepentant, on the attack and still playing the victim The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina MORE (R-Utah). 

Though the paper is in the center of the primary election, their endorsement has historically shown little correlation with the success of candidates in the caucuses.