Elizabeth Warren has a plan for that — disarming a potentially thorny question on a hot-button social issue, that is.
The Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts senator was ready with a quick comeback when asked about the definition of marriage on Thursday.
While appearing at CNN’s LGBTQ Town Hall in Los Angeles — and just in time for National Coming Out Day on Friday — Warren was presented a hypothetical scenario by Morgan Cox of the Human Rights Campaign.
“A supporter approaches you and says, ‘Senator, I am old-fashioned, and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman.’ What is your response?”
Warren had one ready.
“Well, I’m gonna assume it’s a guy who said that,” she said, pausing to let the audience chuckle. “And I’m gonna say, ‘Well, then just marry one woman.’ ”
As the laughter continued, she added, “I’m cool with that,” and shrugged.
Warren then held a longer pause, before finishing off her joke with, “Assuming you can find one.” That brought down the house, as the audience applause, cheers and whistling joined the laughter.
Watch her delivery and the audience reaction here:
Warren has enjoyed a recent surge against rival Joe Biden, who till recently maintained an edge in most polls. She nudged ahead of the former vice president with 26.6% support (compared with Biden’s 26.4%) in a RealClearPolitics average of polls earlier this week. She showed particular strength — 29% support — in a Quinnipiac University poll this week while garnering 27% in an IDB/TIPP poll, beating Biden’s 26% in both. And she snagged 26% support in an Economist/YouGov survey out last week (to Biden’s 22%) as well as 28% in a Monmouth University poll (compared with Biden’s 25%).