Elizabeth Warren is the only candidate who is talking about real policy issues and not just hot-button reactionary topics.

She isn’t just responding to President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. That’s a good thing, even though I know she wants to spend hours explaining to the president that tariffs are actually a tax on Americans designed to change how and where purchases are made.

She is going to war with the right-wing media over their blatant role as presidential apologist. The best example had to be when a story claimed Trump lost a billion dollars in business and one of the friends on "FOX and Friends" praised Trump because he had lost so much money.

She was truly impressed.

It’s hard to stay positive in light of a Mueller Report, multiple other investigations and investigative reports that rarely seem to find silver linings in Trump’s cloudy distant and recent past.

On Tuesday, Warren turned down a FOX News offer to host a town hall for her. I get that she is making a principled stand but she seems to be missing a chance to speak directly to a group of people who might be convinced to vote for her. Warren says she isn’t scared of the FOX News reporters or crowd - she regularly takes questions from FOX reporters and she likes the town hall format.

“FOX News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists, ” Warren said. “It’s designed to turn us against each other, risking life and death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class.”

It is true that their coverage of some of the new young female members of Congress who are outspoken about their views almost seems to be begging extremists to do something very extreme, however, FOX News still leads the way in audience and taking up some free airtime sounds like a pretty decent plan for a candidate in a 24-horse race. But Warren said she wouldn’t help build that audience with her content.

“Hate-for-profit works only if there’s profit,” she said. “So FOX News balances a mix of bigotry, racism, and outright lies with enough legit journalism to make the claim to advertisers that it’s a reputable news outlet.”

That’s pretty direct and unfortunately, it isn’t entirely inaccurate.

I can appreciate Warren’s effort in this fight, but she is running uphill with a couple of embarrassing controversies already in the young campaign season. Not even a dozen appearances with her dog can change how badly she looked after her blood test to “prove” her heritage and the resulting outcry from those on both sides of the issue.

Warren is a serious candidate and she isn’t just trying to say what Democrats want to hear. I can appreciate that and I like the fact that she is taking a stand and not taking advantage of a huge audience because it doesn’t fit in her ethical playbook.

I just don’t think any of that will matter when the primaries roll around. If principles and policies won races President John Kasich would be celebrating another boring press conference today.

I can’t believe the Democrats have this many candidates and none that even appear to have a chance of beating an embattled incumbent president.

Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at kent.bush@news-star.com.