The claws are already out among the many Democrats seeking their party’s nomination to run for president in 2020.
The Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders campaigns have both targeted Joe Biden and his fundraising efforts.
Following the announcement of his candidacy, Biden attended a private fundraiser hosted by Comcast executive David Cohen and health insurance executive Daniel Hilferty. Biden’s campaign announced that they had raised $6.3 million in their first 24 hours. This means Biden raised more than any other Democrat candidate in their first day.
A report from The Wall Street Journal revealed that approximately $700,000 was raised at Biden’s fundraiser.
In a fundraising email sent to supporters, Warren blasted Biden for attending the “swanky private fundraiser.”
“In the first 24 hours of his presidential campaign (welcome to the race!), Joe Biden raised $6.3 million,” the email read. “How did Joe Biden raise so much money in one day? Well, it helps that he hosted a swanky private fundraiser for wealthy donors at the home of the guy who runs Comcast’s lobbying shop.”
It continued, “Elizabeth is building a grassroots movement without holding any big-money private fundraisers where you can only talk to her if you write a big check first. Without taking a dime from federally registered lobbyists or PACs of any kind. It’s the right thing to do.”
Warren is one of several Democrats claiming they won’t be taking money from registered lobbyists or any PACs.
This is the second time Warren has publicly gone after Biden. After he announced his candidacy on Thursday, she blasted him for his 2005 vote for the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act.
“At a time when the biggest financial institutions in this country were trying to put the squeeze on millions of hardworking families,” said Warren while campaigning in Iowa, “Joe Biden was on the side of the credit card companies.”
Bernie Sanders also took aim at Biden and his fundraising efforts in a campaign email similar to Warren’s.
“It’s a big day in the Democratic primary and we’re hoping to end it strong. Not with a fundraiser in the home of a corporate lobbyist, but with an overwhelming number of individual donations in response to today’s news,” wrote Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager.
The Democrat infighting is only going to get worse from here, but it’s no surprise that Biden is the first to be ganged up on. The former vice president already has a handful of blunders he’s being mocked for and he’s far more of an establishment candidate than others — his fundraising win shows this.
That fundraising win, however, is really the only positive news Biden has had in his campaign. After only a day, he’s already had to answer for inappropriately touching women on numerous occasions and a phone call with Clarence Thomas accuser Anita Hill did not turn out well for him.
Donald Trump also mocked Biden for being too low energy to be president on Friday while speaking to press outside of the White House.
Asked how old is too old to be president, Trump responded, “Well I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. I’m the youngest person — I am a young vibrant man. I look at Joe, I don’t know about him.” Biden is 76, and Trump is 72.
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