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2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren shares emotional moment with young voter

After 11 months, Warren held a campaign event Sunday that followed a different style.

12/2/2019 2:02:00 PM

'Give me a hug': 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren shares emotional moment with young voter over struggle for acceptance.

After 11 months, Warren held a campaign event Sunday that followed a different style.

But on Sunday night, with 64 days until the Iowa caucuses, Warren’s campaign switched it up -- an attempt to offer a more personable pit stop on the campaign trail on the heels of the candidate’s recent dip in the polls -- and the result was, indeed, unique.

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Warren spoke for just under 10 minutes at the start of the Marion, Iowa, event and had transitioned to taking question after question from the crowd when a 17-year-old high school student with a short blonde haircut -- similar to the presidential candidate’ -- took the microphone.

“I was wondering if there was ever a time in your life where somebody you really looked up to maybe didn’t accept you as much,” she said, her voice cracking as she began to cry. “And how you dealt with that?”It was a question that Raelyn, who asked that only her first name be used to protect her privacy, had come up with on the drive from her home in nearby Cedar Rapids. As a member of the LGBTQ community, Raelyn told ABC News that conversations with family around Thanksgiving time gave rise to the idea.

After a brief silence in the high school gymnasium, Warren responded with a similarly emotional disclosure of family hardship.“Yeah,” Warren said, pausing. “My mother and I had very different views of how to build a future,” she said with a strained voice.

“She wanted me to marry well, and I really tried, and it just didn’t work out. And there came a day when I had to call her and say, this is over. I can’t make it work. And I heard the disappointment in her voice. I knew how she felt about it,” Warren said, at times losing her voice to tears. “But I also knew it was the right thing to do.”

Warren, who divorced from her first husband at 22, has been open about her rocky relationship with her mother when she was young. In her 2017 book, she wrote about an argument over Warren’s chances at college that became so heated her mother slapped her across the face.

“And sometimes you just gotta do what’s right inside and hope that maybe the rest of the world will come around to it. And maybe they will and maybe they won’t, but the truth is, you gotta take care of yourself first,” Warren told Raelyn on Sunday night. “Give me a hug.”

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Warren and Raelyn, still crying, embraced.Thank you, Marion! Our campaign is driven by this grassroots movement—and I'm so grateful for every single person who is in this fight. pic.twitter.com/Te2GeptRapLater, in the line to take a photo with the candidate, Raelyn told Warren she planned to be a precinct captain for her campaign during the upcoming Iowa caucuses. The 2020 election, Raelyn told ABC News in an interview after the event, will be the first election she’s old enough to vote in.

Raelyn, who attended the rally on her own, said she first saw Warren speak in September.“What got me involved with her was her care for the LGBTQ community. And it's been a struggle with that, with people close to me. And I just -- she's just, she gives me hope, which is not something that I've really had with other politicians, and I've followed politics for a while,” she said.

Raelyn cited a part of Warren’s stump speech she repeats often on the campaign trail: that people should have the opportunity to “love who you love and build the family you want to build.”Raelyn said she’s also followed the campaigns of South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay Democratic presidential candidate, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, the progressive candidate from Vermont.

As for Warren, she said she’s drawn to what she sees as authenticity. And, she said, she likes Warren’s idea of a wealth tax, which would impose a 2% tax on Americans with a net worth of more than $50 million and a 6% tax on Americans with a net worth of over $1 billion.

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I love her This is why I am working for Elizabeth Warren. LeraZamaraeva This was so awesome ❤️ 2021- Warren: “What happened to you?” Putin: “My mother never loved me.” Warren: “Come here [arms open], I’ll be your mom”. World peace unlocked. hilaryr I wish that we lived in a world where this kind of authenticity was unremarkable. Agree or disagree on the merits, we would all be stronger - even in our disagreement - if we lifted up as much as we collectively tear down, or just ignore.

Actually she called her mom and said wtf I'm not an INDIAN I really liked the ending of the answer..... Bernie2020 Wait, was that lady 'signing' or trigger clapping? moby_dickhead that was beautiful to hear 💖 Wow. Very few politicians could give such an authentic and relevant answer to a question so unexpected and out-of-the-blue like that. So different than demonstrating her policy acumen.

Don’t fool yourself. Trump would have hugged her too... Did ewarren just admit she tried to be a gold digger? Hyper emotionalism. The Bane of Liberty in American Politics. We need rationalism to return to the conversation. Made my day😍 I’m not a Warren fan at all. In fact I think her policies are a danger to our society. With that said, this was the most REAL response I’ve ever heard from a candidate. A response that wasn’t filled with bullshit. I truly believe she had a falling out with her mom.

I’m not crying. You are. Wow, that’s powerful...SenWarren This video should come with this warning: If you watch this, you will be crying in the middle of a work day like Nick. also crying bc at the end it looks like she’s hugging her younger self Beautiful. More hugs is what the world needs. Wow. Truthful, vulnerable and revealing. Rare.

❤❤ love love this . girlpower Sure, she’s a brilliant fighter but look America, a real person with a huge heart. Lol what a joke. Here let me hug you and then I’ll proceed to tell you how I will destroy the republic! Ahhh. ewarren it's never 'give me a hug' it's always 'may I have a hug?'. a good soul ewarren

Wow Then she should definitely be president. Tonto turned her down? I love her. That was really a wonderful moment. What a great lady.. I freaking love Elizabeth. So genuine and open. So you can have this candidate or the one who grabs women by the p-dies This woman is a joke and such a fake her and Biden must have went to the same acting school and lol the stories they tell

This country needs her. Arriadna If Liz hadn't hugged Raelyn I would have revoked my ActBlue donation. CharlesMBlow 😢 Why did I watch this clip! A beautiul moment This is a person who can restore compassion and dignity and integrity to the White House. She is miles ahead of anyone else running. Please, we need her! warren2020 VoteBlue2020 VoteBlueToEndThisNightmare VoteBlueToSaveAmerica DumpTrump2020

“...and sometimes you gotta do what’s right inside.” truth Warren2020 AllResistNews We need more of this. Kindness. BarakRavid She is so gimmicky. It's just a different style of Trump's act. Emotional appeal. She also had the money admiral ro t.h.e affluent. We've is the clear eye like Obama who helped all classes. Didn't just put on a slow

I absolutely love this woman. How could anyone not? This i think really reaches a lot of people Currently experiencing similar circumstances. I want to remind anyone reading who feels this that 'blood of the covenant is thicker than water of the womb'. You're valid and not alone. I’d say all the Dem candidates have more empathy in their pinkies than Trump could ever have.

Shit. That made me cry. You Dont See Trump Doing This. Awesome Wow. Amazing CharlesMBlow Who else watched this video twice? This lady is the most qualified among all the presidential candidates in the Democratic Party I flove Elizabeth Warren and I don’t care what anyone says. She has more heart than any of the other candidates! Can someone turn her townhalls into a podcast so I can listen to them as my daily gospel? Thanks.

I love her so much. She’s the real deal! CharlesMBlow And I’m crying 😭 Bringing humanity back into campaigning ♥️ GiveMeAHug ewarren Warren2020 I ❤️ Liz!! Warren2020 Damn, she just gave us ALL a hug.😭💕TeamWarren Elizabeth Warren is uch a good person. Shes compassionate and kind. That's what we need in the White House and in this crazy world; because we sure in the hell dont have it now!!

♥️❤♥️♥️♥️❤♥️ 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 😂 She is wonderful. What a beautiful moment I’m looking forward to having an actual human being as President! You know who else doesn’t accept her, Native Americans More hugs, please Oh dear God. How pathetic. The opposite of Trump ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ That was as real as Pocahontas drinking a beer, in her kitchen.

And that’s another reason to love Elizabeth Warren, the next president. I want a President who is compassionate, lives with humility, is willing to acknowledge flaws, is intelligent and who is passionate about this country and ALL its people. I want President Elizabeth Warren. That’s is all. 🎤 ewarren

😳😳 Remember when we had a president who gave a shit about Americans? More soft ball coverage. We all know who ABC wants to be president.... Don’t do any actual journalism though. We wouldn’t want you fine folks to hurt yourselves. 😂 Sweet Jesus, this is the best thing I've ever seen on this god-forsaken site I'll vote for her every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Sometimes you gotta do what’s right inside. Sweet Now watch the crazy ass JoeBiden hairy legs/roaches video.... love me some ewarren Good lord! Another story from Lizzy. Probably not true I’m not crying! (GO WARREN!!) SixPersistsBlue Dear ABCNews, ya know who else has been doing this on a daily basis? Sitting and listening to voters about what's important to them? Genuinely absorbing what it's like to be a high school student in America these days? KamalaHarris.

Oh what BS! Anything for a vote! What a joke! I’m not crying. You’re crying. just made a weird cry noise at work. I'll be ok. If it was Biden doing the hugging you'd watching his hands. If it was Pete I don't know how it would work out. Kamala would kill on hugs. Bloomberg and Bernie would be *awk*ward.

hugstrumphate I smell a plant. Also chick? isn’t old enough to vote. For a former teacher she isnt very good at math. 32T price tag for her policies will never pass or work. Yep. Tears always get votes, unless you think. Imagining a time when, once again, the US president has this much insight, wisdom and compassion.

Hooooooooooooooboy Sisterhood is powerful poppysbabble Just do what she did and say you're Native American. Problem solved. joelbaron_ What the hell was that? She just used her failed marriage to try and use that to answer this poor girls question about acceptance? Lmao i cant figure out if her supporters are just super ignorant or emotional basket cases. Either way this girls question is unanswered 😂😂😂

Such an empathetic response. ❤️ What a beautiful & charming moment of self-disclosure. There is power in honesty & connection. I see a vegan future & my mother & I always butt heads. I decided to lead my own life honoring what's good & just which led to a 100% vegan thanksgiving, thnx mom! beyoutiful ewarren

What are the odds that she made up this whole story, just like the one about her parents having to elope because of her mother's Native American heritage. They don't call her Liawatha for nothing . . . I can totally see Trump hugging that little blonde girl. She is so awesome 3 Oh please! This weird woman is more high school councillor, then potential presidential material 😂🙄

She gets it. She needs to be president. Warren2020 TeamWarren SurvivingMyWay No ask trump that same question. AJentleson Drop out now Liz a nice moment but not what we need in a world leader. Meet Raelyn, a burgeoning snowflake. So if you really think that Putin is a diabolical evil mastermind, is this who you want to stand up to him? We vote for President, not Den Mother in Chief. Dems can't have it both ways.

why does Warren always wear the exact same costume? she seems like a mental case This is empathy leadership Americans need not bully and abuse power leadership. warren Very sweet moment! Trump2020Landslide 🇺🇸 Asked of a presidential candidate... The left is out of touch with the real problems this country faces and quite frankly, it's disgusting.

She’s a joke🤡🤡 Looks to me as if this came from the heart. If it didn't ewarren deserves an Academy Award. hugs We’ll combine that with masquerading as an Indian for 60 years... She could apply as a Native American for a acceptance like Warren did Warren is FAKE! The “Mother” thing probably didn’t exist!

🤣🤣 Yes what we need is an emotional sobbing mom running the oval office . 🙄 SAMBOliz fraud n a phony - net worth 15 million. BOO HOO. A ‘plant’? Asking for a friend who doesn’t trust anyone - especially politicians. Umma go get me a hug. She is the new awesome of politicians you usually don't get that connection. Beside we had to bare the radically ridiculous change Trump had people sold on. Just find out Don was a Con which we knew beforehand.

Warren typlical loud mouth democrats socialists hypocrite vote hell no !! Save our great country vote 2020 president trump republicans 🇺🇸 ❤️❤️❤️ not one single tear was shed. Holee! What would it be like to have a President with this much empathy, ...humanity? Oh yeah...2008-2016! Warren2020 TrumpIsADisgrace Obama

We desperately need the type of healing we witnessed in this clip as a country. We need a collective hug. That is SOOOO HUMAN!!! THANK YOU ..... Brilliant! I’m not crying you’re crying! Omg I am in love with ewarren LGBTQoftwitter LGBTfamily TechOfGospel BottomDiplomat delesbalogun Rosie chelseahandler SarahKSilverman

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Warren2020 One should get in touch with Reality here. Imagine the numbers she’s advocating.. start with National Debt , say 2008, then today.. what this woman is promising is unattainable, even over 10 years, Caveat Emptor to the gullible.. aravosis Love this woman. Our country needs her. P U K E!

aravosis class all around ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ One of the hundreds of reasons that ewarren is my candidate! I can’t wait to vote for her and have her sworn in! The President we all need right now. After Trump we’re going to need a national hug. Love exemplifies God. God is love. If I had had a mother who told me this and not to worry about what the world would say ....

Ok Warren is so impressive on policy, but what's more impressive is she never loses sight of why it matters. I can't wait until she's our President. And I’m sobbing 😭 One of the many reasons I am with Elizabeth Warren ♥️♥️ Warren had a hard time getting accepted with her tough background as 1/15000 American Indian

That was a beautiful moment, ewarren! 😊 I also have a much different view of how the future will be than yours! Cougar Oh please! So . A guidance counselor job is in Warren's future I love this. Now that’s honest & humble. “She’s amazing” Thanks to Trump for setting the bar soooooooo low. I think Warren can be likable but it takes so much more tan that to beat a criminal like Trump in a debate- I don’t see the tenacity in her that I see in Kamala Harris- Wherein Kamala Harris has had 12 yrs. of Prosecuting criminals & Warren lacks- Kamala is the one to beat Trump

If only there was a candidate that was open about the IRS, against shutdown Capitol Hill that is.. But,, but... She doesn't look Indian either... 🙏🙏 Almost everyone has hurdles of acceptance some with more but warren used being fake different at expense of native Americans to lie & deceive which is most cowardly ungrateful thing you can do. Now she wants to use govt as a bully to promise impossible things to most vulnerable

same dyk haircut...lol Sick media gaslighting Staged. This country is doomed. Milk it girl... milk it. Think fast. 😂 I used to not stand her. But the more I hear her, the more I see her, I just have so much h respect for her! She’s amazing Oh man Liz really wanted to use that fake story about her husbands family rejecting her bc her family was “Native American”

I challenge anyone to watch this and call her unlikeable or unelectable Gross 'Give me a hug' ... she didn't ask, she demanded. That's sexual assault. That’s a human being with a big and sincere heart you want to represent you! ewarren ❤️

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