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Warren Says She Can Appeal to Broad Range of N.H. Primary Voters

Sarah Gibson for NHPR

Sen. Elizabeth Warren spent the majority of a campaign stop in Concord Thursday responding to voters’ questions about her plans and her potential appeal to independent and moderate voters.

Warren said her proposals to overhaul financial and lobbying regulations would address the concerns of many voters.

“Whatever issue brought you here today, whether it's climate change, gun safety, health care, or housing costs, if there is a decision to be made in Washington, it's been influenced by money,” she said.

Warren's speech came hours after fellow Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg announced their highest fundraising numbers to date in their presidential campaigns. Warren told reporters she plans to disclose her latest fundraising total soon, and she touted her commitment to raising money through smaller donations. 

“If the only way that you can be the Democratic nominee is to spend a lot of time with billionaires, then buckle up, because it’s going to be an America that works even better for the billionaires,” she told reporters.

Many of the voters at Warren’s town hall said they were still undecided about which candidate to support in the Democratic primary.

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Anya Shemet, who grew up in Jaffrey, is spending her college winter break sizing up candidates before voting absentee in the primary.

“I would love to just cast my vote for someone I think is going to do amazing things and things I believe in with a lot of heart and power,” she said. “But I may have to go more to the center than I would like to in order to have a blue White House.”

Steve Rothman, a self-described libertarian who plans to vote against President Donald Trump in November, drove from Plymouth to ask Warren if she would support federal legislation allowing the carrying of concealed weapons. She answered no, to loud applause from the audience.

“I disagreed with it, but at least she answered it,” Rothman said. “Usually politicians would try to dance around the question. She gave me a direct answer.”