Carville to MSNBC: Warren 'hates Bloomberg more than she wants to win'

Carville to MSNBC: Warren 'hates Bloomberg more than she wants to win'
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Democratic strategist James Carville on Wednesday argued that presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPress: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS Pentagon charts its own course on COVID-19, risking Trump's ire Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden MORE (D-Mass) “hates Michael BloombergMichael BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report MORE more than she wants to win,” adding that Warren won't attack front-runner Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives raise alarm over letting lobbying groups access PPP funds Loeffler runs ad tying Doug Collins to Pelosi, Sanders, Biden Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE (I-Vt.) out of fear of being primaried in 2024.

The former campaign strategist for former President Clinton made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" following Tuesday night's chaotic debate in South Carolina that saw Sanders take fire from most of the other Democrats on the stage, with the exception of Warren.

“The takeaway is Elizabeth Warren hates Michael Bloomberg more than she wants to win,” Carville said. “I think she doesn’t want to attack Bernie because she’s scared she’ll get primaried in 2024. Her attacks on Bloomberg probably help her raise money, maybe she just genuinely dislikes him, but it wasn’t her intention to get her any more votes. It was maybe to stay alive a little bit longer.”

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Warren is currently in fourth place in the RealClearPolitics national index of polls with 12.4 percent support, two points behind former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Warren is faring a little worse in the South Carolina race, polling in fourth place with 8.8 percent of the vote. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenProsecutor investigating whether Tara Reade gave false testimony as expert witness Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally George Floyd's sister says Minneapolis officers should be charged with murder MORE leads in the RealClearPolitics South Carolina average of polls with 31.4 percent ahead of this weekend's primary. Sanders is in second in the Palmetto State with 20.6 percent of the vote.

Bloomberg is not on the ballot in South Carolina.

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Carville has been highly critical of a possible Sanders general election contest against President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE in recent weeks, saying earlier this month it will be the "end of days" for the Democratic Party if Sanders wins the nomination while calling the Vermont senator "a communist." 

Sanders has responded by calling Carville "a hack."

"Bernie Sanders called me a political hack,” Carville previously said in response. “That’s exactly who the f--- I am! I am a political hack! I am not an ideologue. I am not a purist. He thinks it’s a pejorative. I kind of like it! At least I’m not a communist.”