Oct 15, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Trump campaign singles out Biden and Warren during 4th debate

Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the debate stage in Westerville, Ohio. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

While 12 Democratic candidates were debating in Ohio on Tuesday night, the Trump campaign had plenty to say about the field, but singled out only 2 frontrunners — former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

The big picture: In emails to supporters, President Trump's 2020 team attacked Biden's family and their business ties and Warren's answers on whether her Medicare for All plan will raise taxes on the middle class.

What they're saying:

  • Warren: "I will not sign a bill into law that does not lower costs for middle-class families."
  • Biden backed his son, Hunter, saying that he and his son did nothing wrong in Ukraine during his vice presidency: "I carried out the policy of the United States in rooting out corruption in Ukraine. That's what we should be focusing on. What I wanted to make a point about, and my son's statement speaks for itself."

The bottom line: President Trump's allies are still afraid of a general election matchup against Biden more than a run against Warren, Axios' Alayna Treene and Alexi McCammond report.

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