COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) Massachusetts will be back in Washington, D.C. Thursday preparing for a vote on the partial federal government shutdown and fresh off a stop in South Carolina.
Wednesday evening, Warren spoke for about 20 minutes to a crowd of 980 people inside a gymnasium on the campus of Columbia College, an all women’s campus located in the heart of South Carolina’s capitol city.
It was her first even in the state since she launched her 2020 Presidential Exploratory Committee in December.
She also took questions from the audience and posed for pictures with attendees after the event ended.
The democrat spoke about her push to “rebuild the middle class” and tested her economic populism message with South Carolina voters.
“I have had one central question that has driven me and that’s what is happening to hard working people in this country,” Warren told reporters.
Hope Wittschen said she attended the event with an open mind and without knowing much about Warren but said, “I think her message is broad enough. She talks to the middle class. She wants to grow the middle class.”
Warren is one of four potential presidential candidates visiting South Carolina this week.
Her Senate colleagues, Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker, were in Columbia Monday.
Sen. Kamala Harris, who officially announced her campaign Monday, will appear at the State Fairgrounds on Friday.
South Carolina will hold the first-in-the-South Democratic presidential primary on Feb. 29, 2020.