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 WarrenDemocrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (D-Mass.) lamented former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response 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 John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report 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 SandersSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report We're at war and need wartime institutions to keep our economy producing what's necessary Larry David: Bernie Sanders should drop out of 2020 race 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.”