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Warren: Bloomberg making debate will show how other candidates handle 'an egomaniac billionaire'

Warren: Bloomberg making debate will show how other candidates handle 'an egomaniac billionaire'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCancel culture comes for the moderates Biden expands on Obama ethics pledge Student loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers MORE (D-Mass.) lamented former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEverytown calls on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign Biden selects Gina Raimondo for Commerce chief: reports 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics MORE meeting the qualifications for Wednesday’s Democratic debate, but suggested his presence might better prepare the other candidates for a head-to-head with President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE.

“It’s a shame Mike Bloomberg can buy his way into the debate. But at least now primary voters curious about how each candidate will take on Donald Trump can get a live demonstration of how we each take on an egomaniac billionaire,” Warren tweeted Tuesday.

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Warren and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBoycott sham impeachment Sunday shows - Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate Sanders: Senate may use budget reconciliation to pass Biden agenda MORE (I-Vt.) have both been frequent critics of Bloomberg’s presence in the race after the billionaire used his personal wealth to blanket the airwaves with advertising despite not entering the early contests, instead planning on competing beginning with Super Tuesday states.

At a Thursday rally in Arlington, Va., the Massachusetts senator blasted 2008 remarks by Bloomberg in which he blamed the discontinuation of racially discriminatory “redlining” practices for the 2008 financial crisis.

“Michael Bloomberg is saying, in effect, that the 2008 financial crash was caused because the banks weren’t permitted to discriminate against black and brown people,” Warren said. “I want to be clear: That crisis would not have been averted if the banks had been able to be bigger racists, and anyone who thinks that should not be the leader of our party.”