Biden, Warren get in tense debate exchange over accomplishments

Biden, Warren get in tense debate exchange over accomplishments
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden: 'I'm more of a Democrat from my shoe sole to my ears' than anyone else running Press: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism MORE (D-Mass.) clashed with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment Biden: 'I'm more of a Democrat from my shoe sole to my ears' than anyone else running MORE after Biden touted his capacity to “get things done” compared with Warren and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTech firms face skepticism over California housing response Press: Another billionaire need not apply Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick mulling 2020 run: report MORE (I-Vt.) in the Democratic debate Tuesday night in Westerville, Ohio.

“I’m the only one on this stage that has gotten anything really big done,” Biden said, citing his history of passing legislation such as the Violence Against Women Act during his time in the Senate.

Warren retorted that she had established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which she proposed in 2007.

Biden responded by citing his part in the Obama administration’s establishment of the CFPB, telling Warren, “I went on the floor and got you votes” for the program, creating a notably tense exchange between the two.

“I am deeply grateful to President Obama, who fought so hard to make sure that agency was passed into law, and I am deeply grateful to every single person who fought for it and who helped pass it into law,” Warren said.

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“You did a hell of a job in your job,” Biden responded, prompting Warren to thank him.

Sanders, meanwhile, countered by pointing to legislation spearheaded by Biden that he has frequently pilloried, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, the 1990s crime bill and the Iraq War.

"You got the disastrous war in Iraq done. You got a bankruptcy bill that's hurting middle class Americans all over the country,” Sanders said.