As the first DNC primary contest in Iowa gets closer, tensions are mounting between frontrunners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren.
Biden continues to lead in national polling averages, while Warren leads in Iowa polling, prediction markets, and fundraising.
Depending on who you ask, either one of them or both could be considered “frontrunner.”
Now, Biden has launched a new line of more sharp personal attacks on Warren, attempting to portray her as a condescending “my way or the highway” elitist who is out of touch with the average middle-class person.
From The Independent
Joe Biden unfurled sharply personal new lines of attack against Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday, questioning her contributions to the Democratic Party and seeking to cast her as an elitist who believes people lack courage or wisdom unless they agree with her.
“Some call it the ‘my way or the highway’ approach to politics,” Biden, the former vice president, wrote in a Medium post. “But it’s worse than that. It’s condescending to the millions of Democrats who have a different view. It’s representative of an elitism that working and middle-class people do not share: ‘We know best; you know nothing.’ ‘If you were only as smart as I am you would agree with me.’ This is no way to get anything done.”
Biden repeated similar arguments in a fundraising email and at a fundraiser in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, escalating tensions between the two top-polling contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination. He did not mention his rival by name, but the message was unmistakably aimed at Warren, whose Republican critics have for years sought to paint her as an out-of-touch liberal who worked as a Harvard professor.
Warren is running as a corruption-battling economic populist, and her campaign has emphasized that she grew up in Oklahoma “on the ragged edge of the middle class.” Her campaign declined to comment on Biden’s remarks.
Biden and his allies often bristle at the suggestion that he is insufficiently progressive for this moment in the Democratic Party, and Biden on Tuesday sought to defend his liberal credentials on issues like health care and taxes.
But his use of personal criticisms to confront Warren, the only woman polling in the top tier of Democratic contenders, carries risk. Attacks on character, including on Biden’s, have often failed to land or have backfired in the primary process so far.
Biden cast his remarks as self-defense.
“Since some have questioned whether I’m running in the wrong primary — let me answer that question,” he continued. “I’m running in the Democratic primary as a proud Democrat.”
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