The politically-fluent Massachusetts Democrat has been zipped through her thick suite of legislative and regulatory proposals for a CNN town hall audience in Jackson, Mississippi, on Monday, taking questions from voters and, in a declaration that won her a prolonged ovation,
Warren launched her presidential campaign early but has struggled to break through the initial round of primary polling. She used the national stage to show off the energetic stage presence and the personal story that has become a hallmark of her presence on the stump
For more than a hour, Warren hit on issues ranging from the future of health care in America it's plan to break up tech giants like Amazon and Facebook. She also faced a question about her claims to native heritage and backlash that followed.
Warren has been critical of Electoral College in the past.
Asked about how she would expand voting rights, Warren described the process for electing presidents ̵
"Come a general election, "They are not coming to places like California or Massachusetts, because we are not the battleground states," Warren said.
The public hall audience was already cheering its approval as she added, My opinion is that every vote counts and how we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of Electoral College. "
The issue has gained added traction with Democrats in the aftermath of Hillary Clinton's 2016 l oss to President Donald Trump. Clinton won nearly 3 million votes but was upset by Trump, who narrowly carried a raft of swing states in the Upper Midwest. Republicans have won the White House in three of the last five races, but only once – in 2004 – the GOP candidate won the popular vote
Reparations are on the table
 The prospect of paying reparations to descendants of slaves has slowly emerged as a potentially divisive flashpoint in the Democratic primary. Candidates have struggled with how to address the question, which has been so long resided on the fringes of the presidential policy.
Warren, who has made proposals to close the racial wealth gap and the stump of her stump speech, was asked about it early and she said she would back congressional legislation that, according to her mandate, would form a panel to "examine scrutiny and discrimination in colonies and the United States from 1619 to present and recommend appropriate remedies."
" I believe it's time to start a full-blown conversation about reparations, "Warren said. "That means I support the bill in the House to appoint a congressional panel of experts, of people who are studying this, who talk about different ways we may be able to do it, and make a report back to Congress so we can as a nation does what's right and begin to heal. "
That bill is commonly referred to as HR 40, which was first introduced by former Michigan Rep. John Conyers three decades ago. Texas Democratic Rep.
Asked by Tapper if she would be open to monetary compensation, Warren said she was willing to consider "a lot of ways" reparations could be formulated
"Ignoring the problem, "she said," is not working. "
The senator gets personal
Warren tells the story often.
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