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 WarrenAmerica can end poverty among its elderly citizens Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Misguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon MORE (D-Mass.) clashed with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Two House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms MORE after Biden touted his capacity to “get things done” compared with Warren and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersManchin meets with Sanders, Jayapal amid spending stalemate America can end poverty among its elderly citizens Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair 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.