Dec 6, 2019

Feud heats up between Warren and Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg and Eliabeth Warren on the debate stage in Atlanta. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Mayor Pete Buttigieg's campaign fired back at Sen. Elizabeth Warren calling her a “corporate lawyer” and suggesting she open “up the doors to the decades of tax returns she’s hiding."

The other side: Warren, who typically chooses not to call out her competitors by name, criticized the mayor on Thursday for failing to disclose the names of his finance committee or his campaign’s top fundraisers since April, Politico reports.

Why it matters: The series of back and forths this week signifies a shift in the campaigns, Politico writes, in which Buttigieg has gained ground in Iowa over top candidates including Warren.

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Buttigieg announces future fundraisers will be open to the public

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg's campaign said Monday that it will make future fundraisers open to the public, including reporters, and that the names of people raising money for the campaign will be released to the public.

Why it matters: Campaign finance is a hot-button issue among Democrats. Buttigieg has been hit especially hard on the issue from rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who attacked him last week for failing to disclose the names of his campaign’s top fundraisers since April. A press release from Buttigieg campaign manager Mike Schmuhl said the move is meant to show a "commitment to transparency."

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Trump campaign attacks Buttigieg during Democratic debate

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The Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and "Black Voices for Trump" sent coordinated mass emails during the Democratic debate Wednesday attacking Mayor Pete Buttigieg for his record on race and policing in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana.

Why it matters: As Axios' Jonathan Swan reported on Sunday, top Republicans are taking Buttigieg seriously as a potential general election candidate after his breakout poll in Iowa and his rise in New Hampshire. Several top Trump advisers have raised concerns that Buttigieg is more talented than Joe Biden and that he will be harder to brand as a leftist radical than Sens. Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders.

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Keep ReadingArrowNov 21, 2019

Buttigieg with 9-point lead in new Iowa poll

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Presidential hopeful and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has soared to the top of the latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll of 2020 Democratic candidates, released Saturday evening.

The big picture: He's the first choice for 25% of Democratic caucus-goers polled in the latest survey — with a 9-point lead over his closest rival, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Buttigieg also topped a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday, where he's the favored candidate among 22% of those surveyed.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Nov 17, 2019