Oct 16, 2019

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.

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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Biden: "My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong"

Former Vice President Joe Biden backed son saying at Tuesday's debate that they did not do anything wrong in Ukraine during his vice presidency.

"My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong. 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. What I think is, we focus on why it's so important to remove [President Trump] from office."
— Former Vice President Joe Biden
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2020 Democrats pile on Warren

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The rest of the field clearly thinks that Elizabeth Warren has passed Joe Biden as the Democrats' 2020 frontrunner, and the attacks rained in on her at last night's 12-pack debate outside Columbus, Ohio.

The state of play: Even Biden piled on Warren, over Medicare for All. Every conversation about whether taxes would go up under Medicare for All, and every dodge, threatened to eat away at Warren's image as a truth-teller.

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Biden attacks Warren's approach to politics as elitist

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Pushing back against Sen. Elizabeth Warren's claims that he is "running in the wrong presidential primary," former Vice President Joe Biden wrote in a Medium post on Tuesday that Warren's approach to politics is elitist and condescending.

"I have fought for the Democratic party my whole career. I know what we stand for, who we stand with and what we believe. And it’s not just policies or issues. It’s in my bones. That’s not something everyone in this primary can say,"
— Joe Biden
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