In a Senate debate in Massachusetts, on Friday night, Elizabeth Warren defended her decision to release DNA test results this week, proving that an Indian is in her bloodline: "I'm an open book."
Warren is a potential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. She has published the tests in part to counter attacks by Donald Trump, who repeatedly criticizes her claims about the Native American heritage and she "Pocahontas"
on Friday night in Boston she called the Republican Geoff Diehl, whom she convincingly leads in polls while pursuing a second six-year term in the Senate. Warren also said that she released the tests for the same reason that she posted 1
"The whole idea of trust in the government has really hit a low point and for me I've just tried to get it all going," she said. "I am an open book."
Warren's decision to publish her DNA test results was criticized by some Indian groups. On Friday she said she does not claim to be a tribal citizen.
Diehl, who co-chaired Trump's Massachusetts campaign in 2016, said Warren's heritage did not bother him. Nonetheless, he suggested that Warren might have benefited from listing her Indian heritage in a national directory
"It seems it was inappropriate to list oneself," Diehl said, possibly ending Warren from someone else.
Warren said, "Nothing in my background ever made a difference to my attitude.
She also criticized Diehl for not having published his tax returns.
The debate was sometimes combative, the candidates sometimes talked about each other, and Diehl accused Warren of opposing the Republican-led tax code that "Eighty percent of Massachusetts residents are getting tax cuts, lower taxes," she said, "because of this tax reform," she said. "That's why we see companies reinvest now."
Warren said that the bill works for billionaires and corporations – and not enough for ordinary taxpayers – while expanding the deficit to Social Security and Medicare.
"This is the basic Republican fraud and that is taxing for those at the top and doing all pay them for it, "she said." This economy always works b Better and better for a thinner and thinner piece at the top. "
On immigration issues, Diehl said Warren support the abolition of US immigration and customs enforcement or ice cream. Warren said she supports a comprehensive approach to immigration and border security.
Warren repeatedly tried to tie Diehl to Trump, who remains unpopular in Massachusetts.
"Are we talking about it – when we talk about character – what? It means having Donald Trump back," she said. "It means standing up to Donald Trump when he calls white racists in Charlottesville" fine people. "
Diehl did not refuse his support of Trump, but said he would not be in step with Trump or Senate Republicans.
"I'm not a Mitch McConnell Republican, I'm a Massachusetts Republican," he said, referring to the majority leader of the GOP Senate.
Diehl said Warren has turned away from Massachusetts by exploring a run in the White House. Warren has said that in 2020 she will get a "tough look" after the midterm elections.
"You run for president, everybody knows," Diehl said. "It's no secret at all."
The two were also asked about the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was alleged by Saudi officials to have been killed in a "fist fight" at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials said a "homicide" from the kingdom flew in and waited for Khashoggi.
Warren said Khashoggi's fate was "an attack on democracy around the world."
"The answer should not only come from the United States, but should come all over the world, otherwise we empower dictators to kill journalists who ask tough questions," Warren said. "Do we need a strong response to Saudi Arabia? Absolutely, and Donald Trump shows that he is incapable."
Diehl said the US must protect press freedom, but Saudi Arabia is a strong ally.
"We must continue to have a relationship," he said to Massachusetts businesses doing business in the Kingdom. He also attributed to Saudi Arabia that he helped to keep terrorism in check "in his own backyard".
Independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai is also on the ballot and has protested to get on the stage. On Friday he was sitting in the street when the car with Warren approached the debate that was aired on WSBK-TV. There are two more planned debates.