Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren both want to be the 2020 Democratic nominee. But first, they want some credit.
The top rivals in this year’s primary got into their most prickly exchange of the race yet at tonight’s debate in Ohio, bickering over who was most responsible for a key element of former President Barack Obama’s domestic legacy: the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The fight started when the former vice president pitched himself as the most experienced and effective candidate on the stage. “I’m going to say something that is probably going to offend some people here, but I’m the only one on this stage that has gotten anything really big done,” Biden said.
It was an audacious claim that referenced Biden’s reputation as a dealmaker over his decades in the Senate, but it opened the door for Warren to tout her widely acknowledged role in the consumer agency at the heart of the 2010 Wall Street reform bill. Then a Harvard professor, Warren became the bureau’s public face and stood it up once Congress enacted the law; she wasn’t named to be its first director largely because Republicans vowed to block her confirmation in the Senate.