Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden questioned surging rival Elizabeth Warren’s credibility on Wednesday, accusing her of failing to be open with voters about how she would pay for her ambitious Medicare for All healthcare proposal.
Biden said it was “about time” that Warren, who has been steadily rising in opinion polls of the Democratic White House race for two months, face scrutiny on her plan for a government-run healthcare system.
“She’s going to have to tell the truth, or the question will be raised about whether or not she’s going to be candid and honest with the American people,” Biden told reporters in Columbus, Ohio.
His comments came the day after a Democratic debate marked by repeated attacks on Warren by her more moderate White House rivals that exposed the party’s divisions on issues like healthcare and taxes.
Warren has risen in the past month into a virtual tie with Biden, the former vice president, atop polls to pick a challenger to Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election.
In Tuesday’s debate in Ohio, moderates Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar aggressively challenged Warren to explain how she would pay for ambitious proposals including the Medicare for All plan based on the government-run insurance system for Americans aged 65 and older.