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Live town hall from Fort Wayne to feature Elizabeth Warren

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Democratic senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has been making her pitch, and promising that for most Americans’ problems she’s “got a plan for that.”

She’ll lay out those plans in the Summit City in a town hall that MSNBC will broadcast live Wednesday from Fort Wayne.

The 69-year-old senator from Massachusetts and former Harvard Law School professor is known for her policy issues, including taking a hard stance on political corruption, income disparity, tech companies gaining too much power, erasing $50,000 of people’s debt from student loans, and offering free public college.

“I think it’s something different. I mean, I’d have to get to know her and hopefully for the best. Something new, like I said. It’s different,” Christon Mills says.

“Politically, I really am disgusted about the whole thing. But if she wants to come here, that’s a good thing,” Lawrence Wattley adds.

Network crews have worked for two days to transform Bergstaff Place into a town hall setting, complete with seats on risers, and extensive lighting and camera rigging.

Fort Wayne-based cinematographer Ty Black was hired to help with the set up.

“You know, you don’t usually see this kind of thing, at least at this level in Fort Wayne, unless it’s at the Coliseum or at the Embassy. I’m a commercial guy, I don’t get to see live events this big, generally. So it’s really neat,” Black says.

Purdue Fort Wayne political science professor Michael Wolf says Warren’s town hall in highly conservative northeast Indiana signals she’s trying to make it seem like she has a broad audience as she continues to rise in polls among the 22 other Democrats vying to run for president.

“Keeping on with the positive narrative that she has about being serious, being positive, and she’s also aggressive about President Trump. All those things are pretty good in a Democratic primary nomination contest,” Wolf says.

However, just because she’ll likely field friendly questions from the audience, Wolf warns a town hall is always a gamble.

“You never know what these kind of questions are. And in the past, some candidacies have been broken by one of the questions from one of these type of things. So these are high stakes,” Wolf says.

Seats are already filled, so you can watch the live town hall from Fort Wayne on MSNBC Wednesday evening from 8-9 p.m.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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