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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 WarrenWarren has expressed interest in being Biden's Treasury secretary: report The Democrats' 50 state strategy never reached rural America What a Biden administration should look like 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 - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states Oct. 29: Where Trump and Biden will be campaigning 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 KlobucharTrump announces intention to nominate two individuals to serve as FEC members Start focusing on veterans' health before they enlist Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority MORE (D-Minn.) and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangPelosi spars with CNN's Blitzer over COVID-19 aid: 'You really don't know what you're talking about' The shape of guaranteed income Biden's latest small business outreach is just ... awful 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.