Sep 22, 2019

Attacks on Elizabeth Warren rise as she surges in polling

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As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) surges in the polls to a consistent second place behind former Vice President Joe Biden, heightened attention has exposed her to more serious efforts to attack her by other members of the Democratic field.

Driving the news: In recent days, Biden and Mayor Pete Buttigieg criticized Warren for dodging questions about whether her Medicare for All proposal will raise taxes on middle-class Americans, according to USA Today. Both Buttigieg and Biden oppose abolishing private insurance under Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan, and instead favor a "public option."

  • "You can’t beat Trump by not being straightforward about what it’s going to do,” Biden told a Warren supporter at a campaign event.
  • "I think that if you are proud of your plan and it's the right plan, you should defend it in straightforward terms,” Buttigieg told CNN.
  • For her part, Warren has contended that the question shouldn't be whether taxes will be raised — it should be whether the total health care costs to American families will increase.

According to the AP, Warren has also faced backlash from Sanders supporters after the Working Families Party — a key progressive group that backed Sanders in 2016 — chose to endorse her instead.

  • The Biden campaign has also quietly suggested that Warren has purposely declined to release tax returns from her years doing corporate legal work as a Republican because "she doesn’t want scrutiny on her sources of income in the years before she established herself as a consumer champion," per the AP.

Between the lines: Warren's increased stardom could take pressure off Biden, who — especially on the debate stage — has been the target of candidates looking for their breakout moments.

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Trump campaign singles out Biden and Warren during 4th debate

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.

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5 takeaways from Ohio's Democratic presidential debate

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12 candidates took the stage for Tuesday night's Democratic debate in Ohio, hosted by CNN and the New York Times in a state that every winning presidential candidate has carried since 1960.

The big picture: This was the first debate since Sen. Elizabeth Warren briefly overtook Joe Biden in the national RealClearPolitics average of polls, assuming an invigorated frontrunner status that was met with attacks from nearly every candidate. With the backdrop of an intensifying impeachment investigation and a Turkish military incursion that has set off bipartisan condemnation, the candidates clashed on health care, foreign policy, Big Tech, income inequality and more.

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Bernie Sanders explains difference between him and Elizabeth Warren

In an interview with ABC' "This Week" Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders pushed back on the idea that he and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are interchangeable candidates within the 2020 Democratic field, arguing that Warren is a "capitalist through her bones" and he is a democratic socialist.

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