O'Rourke accuses Warren of being 'punitive' in proposals

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) sparred with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) over her proposed “wealth tax” to pay for her sweeping policy proposals at the Democratic presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday night, calling her proposed policies “punitive.”

O’Rourke, one of several candidates to question Warren’s and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE’s (I-Vt.) more liberal proposals, which include “Medicare for All” and a tax on the wealthiest Americans, said Warren “sometimes … is more focused on being punitive or pitting one part of the country against the other instead of lifting people up.”

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“I’m really shocked than anyone thinks I’m punitive. I don’t have a beef with billionaires,” Warren responded. 

O’Rourke was one of several candidates to accuse Warren of promoting policies too far to the left, with Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE also sparring with her on economic and health care issues.

“Medicare for All is the gold standard,” Warren said, adding, “I will not embrace a plan like Medicare for all who can afford it.”

Warren, who has been surging in recent polls, found herself the target of aggressive rhetoric from her fellow White House hopefuls on Tuesday night.

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