(Bloomberg Politics) — On Tuesday afternoon, only 91 people were watching Senator Elizabeth Warren’s YouTube live stream when she asked Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities a pointed question about retirement and savings.
That’s not many viewers, nor was it the sexiest subject. But Warren, wearing a forceful and perhaps symbolic purple while presiding over the first congressional forum of her Middle Class Prosperity Project, doesn’t seem to mind being far away from the action.
The project, announced jointly with Representative Elijah Cummings, a Democrat of Maryland on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning, was all about getting as far from the White House and Congress as possible.
“First they wanted to spend weeks passing a pipeline that principally benefits some foreign oil company,” Warren said. “And now they want to spend a month on shutting down Homeland Security at a time when we face terrorist threats.”
(Also today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Senate Republicans would fund the department, despite the party’s displeasure with the president’s immigration strategy.)
“So, what we’re trying to do is get some focus on what’s happening to America’s working people,” Warren continued. “What’s happening to the middle-class, and to remind people that the middle-class is in trouble because of deliberate policy choices made in Washington.”