After pummeling Mike Bloomberg on the debate stage, she had even more pep in her step than usual — she even broke into a little dance as her revved-up supporters chanted “Persist, persist.”
“All I can say is we’re just getting started!” she said.
Warren’s cutting performance against Bloomberg on the debate stage Wednesday night put her squarely back in the spotlight, and helped her raise $5 million in less than a day to refill dwindling coffers.
Meghan McCain, conservative co-host of “The View,” told Warren she “really enjoyed watching you rip out Bloomberg’s jugular.” #PresidentElizabethWarren trended on Twitter. A gleeful Warren volunteer, Angie Bennett, said Warren “ripped Bloomberg’s arms off and hit him in the dick with them.”
And a lot of people saw what happened: NBC announced that nearly 20 million people had watched the debate on TV, and another 13 million streamed it, the most ever for a Democratic debate.
It’s clear Warren needed this. What’s not clear is whether it will be enough.
The Massachusetts senator slipped from the front of the pack last fall to single digits in recent national surveys. Her third-place Iowa finish and a disappointing fourth in New Hampshire, in her home state’s backyard, was a body blow. Bernie Sanders has a head of steam and remains the favorite in Nevada, Bloomberg’s billions await on Super Tuesday, and Warren and every other candidate left in the race needs to show they can win now — or risk going home.
“Her campaign is flagging, she knows she’s got to come out and give an A+ performance and try to separate herself again from the pack, and I thought she delivered,” said Jon Ralston, the head of the Nevada Independent and one of Wednesday’s debate moderators. “I don’t know what more she could have done to try to resurrect her campaign from oblivion.”