Emerging U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren came under repeated fire on her healthcare and tax policies in a debate on Tuesday, as moderate opponents pushed her to explain how she would pay for ambitious proposals along with her Medicare for All program.
Warren’s recent surge into a virtual connection with former Vice President Joe Biden in many opinion polls made her a frequent target for criticism that exposed the Democratic Party’s divisions between its centrist and progressive wings on a variety of matters.
The Democratic contenders for the White House were united, however, in supporting the Democratic-led impeachment probe of Republican President Donald Trump and criticizing Trump’s recent decision to depart from Syria.
Moderate opponents Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, facing strain to break out of the middle of the packed Democratic presidential field, went after Warren for being dishonest on her plan for universal healthcare and said her program would mean higher taxes for Americans.
Buttigieg criticized Warren, who claims she has a plan for everything, for not releasing a detailed healthcare program with an explanation of how she would fund it.
The sharp exchanges were a sign of the heightened stakes as a dozen contestants crammed the debate stage in the electoral battleground state of Ohio. It was the most crowded debate to date in the Democratic race to choose a challenger to Trump in the November 2020 election.
Warren stayed calm under the repeated attacks, providing her proposals to end income differences and offset the economic playing field for workers.