Harris swipes at Warren: 'Unlike others, I've never represented a corporation'

Harris swipes at Warren: 'Unlike others, I've never represented a corporation'
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBrown vows Democrats will 'find a way' to raise minimum wage Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren MORE (D-Calif.) defended her record as a prosecutor Friday while hitting her 2020 presidential primary opponent Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster MORE (D-Mass.) over Warren’s past legal work representing corporations.  

“I've spent my career as a prosecutor. I’ve only had one client in my entire life, and that's been the people,” Harris said during her remarks at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Liberty and Justice Celebration.

“Unlike other people, unlike others, I've never represented a corporation. I've never represented a special interest, and I started my career fighting for the people,” Harris added.

She later emphasized her remarks on Twitter.

The comments came days after a New York Times report highlighted attacks Warren faced in her 2012 Senate campaign over her representation of LTV Steel, a Cleveland-based conglomerate, against the Clinton administration in 1995.

Warren had several other corporate clients, including Travelers insurance, aircraft maker Fairchild, Dow Chemical and a railroad company that wanted to avoid paying for a Superfund cleanup, according to the Times. 

Warren has centered her 2020 White House campaign around taking on corporations, and the Times noted that the Massachusetts senator also worked on a number of cases involving consumer bankruptcy and victims’ rights.

A spokesperson for the Warren campaign was not immediately available to respond to Harris’s remarks. 

Warren has risen to the top of the primary field, leading in most polls alongside former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE. Her grassroots campaign financing is second only to fellow top candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Senate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill NFL's Justin Jackson praises Sanders for opposing Biden's USDA nominee MORE (I-Vt.). 

Harris has been lagging behind Warren in polls and fundraising. 

The California senator has yet to qualify for the December debate. So far, Sanders, Warren, Biden and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II Chasten Buttigieg jokes about his husband biking home from work MORE have been the only candidates to qualify for the December debate stage. 

Harris has met the donor threshold, receiving at least 200,000 unique donors, but has not yet reached the polling threshold to make the cut.