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The ongoing feud between top-tier presidential nomination rivals, Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg about top-dollar for donations received from the campaign for the primetime primary debate stage on Thursday night.
Warren – who has avoided events with top-dollar donors during their presidential candidacy, as you, rather than almost exclusively on small-dollar grassroots contributions-to-Buttigieg for holding big money fundraisers. Buttigieg shot back quickly that he is the only candidate on the stage, the wealthy are not in the millions.
DON’T HOLD BACK ANY LONGER, WARREN SLAMS TOP-TIER RIVALS
The verbal fist-fight started with Warren taking aim at two of their top-tier rivals – Buttigieg and former Vice-President Joe Biden.
“Most of the people on this stage run a traditional campaign, and that means that the back-and-forth from coast-to-coast, and rich people and people that can put up to $5,000 or more, an image … and thus, perhaps, as an “Ambassador”,” Warren said.
Democratic presidential candidate sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Right, speaks as South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Buttigieg responded by trying on President Trump’s campaign for re-election war chest, he said: “they have been together more than $ 300 million … This is to defeat our only chance to, Donald Trump, and we should, to do it with one hand tied behind our back.”
The defense of its mixing with top-dollar donors, Buttigieg added: “I’m not going to turn away anyone who wants to help us defeat Donald Trump.”
Warren again highlighting shot – that Buttigieg has recently organised a fundraiser”, in a wine-cave full of crystals and serves 900 US dollars a bottle of wine.”
“Billionaires in wine does not pick the next President of the United States should caves,” she said.
You fire back, Buttigieg said, “I’m literally the only person on this stage who is not a millionaire or a billionaire.”
“This is the problem with the issue of purity tests don’t pass you,” Buttigieg added. “Senator, your net value is 100 times of me.”
“I’m not selling access to my time,” Warren responded. “I don’t think meeting behind closed doors with big-dollar donors.”
Buttigieg counter-attacked, noting that Warren transferred millions of dollars to her presidential campaign, the first addressed to big bucks events during their 2018 Senate re-election bid.
“Your presidential campaign right now, as we speak, funded in part by the money that you have paid picking it up on the exact same big-ticket sponsors, you terminate now,” Buttigieg stated. “Did you, senator damaged? Of course not.”
The verbal fireworks between the two candidates is the latest Chapter in their recent feud.
By repeated printing of Warren, Buttigieg, a week ago announced that he his closed door, fundraising, media coverage, similar to what has been done to the Biden campaign, this election cycle.
And Buttigieg’s campaign returned fire, urging Warren to release her tax returns before 2008, as they had commercial customers, similar to the huge corporations they now seemed. Warren — under pressure — announced that it earned almost $2 million of private-legal work since 1986.
Warren’s increased aggressiveness in going after its top-tier rivals comes as the one-time co-frontrunner in the democratic nomination race has seen their poll numbers worsen, the last month in the national polls and, more importantly, in the polls in New Hampshire and Iowa, the States that kick off the primary and caucus presidential nomination calendar.