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

O'Rourke accuses Warren of being 'punitive' in proposals
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Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) sparred with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders 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 SandersEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders 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 Jean KlobucharSanders says he's concerned about lost campaign time during impeachment trial Sanders touts vote against Trump trade deal backed by primary rivals New Hampshire state lawmaker switches support from Warren to Klobuchar MORE (D-Minn.) and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangEvelyn Yang shares that she was sexually assaulted by doctor Buttigieg campaign reaches agreement with staff union Panel: Is Andrew Yang playing to win with Dave Chappelle endorsement and Iowa bus tour? 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.