Elizabeth Warren returns to N.H.

Photo by GEORGE PELLETIER U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, spoke at an intimate house gathering in New Hampshire on Saturday.

AMHERST – The home of New Hampshire State Sen. Shannon Chandley and Tom Silvia as of late has become a hot commodity for Democratic presidential candidates.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., hosted an intimate living-room-style conversation with area residents on Saturday. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., hosted a similar house party there on April 6.

Warren, who spoke of her humble Oklahoma upbringing and becoming a special needs teacher, lawyer, professor and state senator, told the large crowd that “Washington works great. …”

“…For those with money,” she said, finishing her thought.

She rallied the room, citing powerful D.C. insiders with connections, who can afford to hire lobbyists and lawyers. For them, our nation’s capital “works great.”

“Washington works great for giant drug companies – just not for people trying to get a prescription filled,” she said. “Washington works great for giant financial institutions – just not people trying to make it paycheck to paycheck without getting ripped off. And Washington works great for giant oil companies that want to drill everywhere – just not for people who are worried about climate change baring down upon us.”

Warren said that when a government works like that, it is “corruption, pure and simple and we need to call it out for what it is.”

While Warren’s populist theme engaged the audience, the closely watched senator is slightly lagging behind Democratic challengers, including Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden (who still has yet to officially enter the race), polls show. But Warren is being viewed as having a chance of defeating Donald Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head match, another recent poll suggested.

Forty-nine percent of those polled said they believed Warren would defeat the incumbent Republican in such a conjectural matchup, compared to 51 percent who gave Trump the edge.