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 Devi HarrisDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe CNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor How the media fall in and out of love with candidates MORE (D-Calif.) defended her record as a prosecutor Friday while hitting her 2020 presidential primary opponent Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll 2020 Democratic candidates support Las Vegas casino workers on debate day Sanders takes lead in new Hill/HarrisX poll 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.

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“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 leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Biden will go after Bloomberg, Sanders at Las Vegas debate, aides say MORE. Her grassroots campaign financing is second only to fellow top candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Biden will go after Bloomberg, Sanders at Las Vegas debate, aides say 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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll 2020 Democratic candidates support Las Vegas casino workers on debate day What to watch in the debate tonight 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.