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The Massachusetts Democrat responded to the crowd gathered at a community college gym in New Hampshire last month by describing, in great detail, the net billing.
Instead of a single plant producing energy, explained Warren, the idea is that "everyone is connected by cables", creating something called "distributive generation". The result: individual homes, using solar panels installed on their roofs or wind turbines, would produce and store their own energy.
"You do it while the sun is shining, you store it, and then you have it 24 hours a day. Better low-cost storage will help us overall," Warren continued.
She turned to Eric in the audience: "Can I have an amen from an electrician about this?"
The room began to applaud.
Even before the official launch of her presidential campaign this month, Warren made it clear that she was placing her candidacy on the belief that voters would be won over by her ease with the politics to follow and her endless appetite to explain how decisions made in Washington directly affect their decisions. lives.
During his visits to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, California and Puerto Rico over the past seven weeks, Warren has answered dozens of questions on many issues, ranging from net billing to the rising cost of net neutrality housing to the Puerto Rican debt crisis. She enthusiastically dive into the weeds, declaring herself joyful of "nerd" and proud to "win".
Warren's alumni said his style during the election campaign reflected what they had experienced in class. Warren taught children with special needs in the 1970s before becoming a law professor and taught in many universities, including the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University Harvard.
The Massachusetts representative, Joe Kennedy III, who attended a bankruptcy course with Warren at Harvard Law School, recalled that it was difficult to get a place in his class.
"Her classes were reputed to be the most difficult at school, not necessarily because of the subject, but because of the teacher," Kennedy told CNN. "There is usually no waiting list to enter a bankruptcy class and very few people in this world can make a bankruptcy interesting, but she was one of those people. "
Kennedy, who met his wife in Warren's class, sponsored his former teacher at the launch of his campaign this month.
California Representative Katie Porter, who also attended Warren's Bankruptcy Course at Harvard Law School, said the way the Senator gave lectures in class was not that different from the the way she was now addressing voters.
"It's a person who has spent his entire career explaining to law students one of the most complex and obscure areas of law," Porter said. "That's how she gets involved with the voters. If she gives an answer and someone has a follow up, she digs in. If someone does not understand her argument, she tries another way to explain it.
Michelle Wu, a Boston City Council member and student at Warren's Contracts Course in the fall of 2009, describes the senator as "well-liked" on campus with "the gift of always being able to distinguish who does not." did not read them. "
In the classroom, Warren has often fallen into politics, he added, but his ever-broader goal was to understand how the current system of law affected "real people who would never possibility to write the laws ".
As more and more Democrats embark on the 2020 race, next year will show if Warren's unique approach can help him stand out in an overcrowded field.
She faces fierce competition from colleagues in the Senate, such as Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California. Already, the stylistic contrasts are clear: the announcement video of Booker, for example, featured a fanfare; Warren's message for New Year's Eve included linear charts tracing the income and wealth of the United States over the last few decades.
And although Warren has the potential to mark history as the first woman president, she has not emphasized her sex in the campaign too much. Booker and Harris both put their identities in the spotlight in their campaign announcements, with Harris entering the race on the day Martin Luther King Jr. and Booker announcing the first day of Black History Month.
The 2020 Democrat group made further progress on Tuesday morning with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Democratic strategist Geoff Garin emphasized the importance of simply being in touch, especially when voters have a long list of candidates to choose from.
"I think candidates emit an atmosphere that gives people confidence.The atmosphere is indefinable and indescribable, but you know it when you see it," said Garin, who does not advise a candidate for 2020. "And I think that's part of what distinguishes candidates from others. "
Terence Burlij and Mallory Thompson of CNN contributed to this report.