After months of an above-the-fray strategy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is harshly criticizing 2020 Democratic rivals Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, calling them Republicans-lite and afraid to defend Democratic values.
“Unlike some candidates for the Democratic nomination, I’m not betting my agenda on the naive hope that if Democrats adopt Republican critiques of progressive policies or make vague calls for unity, that somehow the wealthy and well-connected will stand down,” she said. “Unlike some candidates for the Democratic nomination, I’m not counting on Republican politicians having an epiphany and suddenly supporting the kinds of tax increases on the rich or big business accountability they have opposed under Democratic presidents for a generation.”
Those lines were implicit critiques of campaign pitches by Biden, the former vice president and Delaware senator, 77, and Buttigieg, the 37-year-old South Bend, Indiana, mayor. Both have told Democratic voters that they believe they can help the country recover from what they call President Trump’s divisive tenure and find common ground with congressional Republicans.