Former Vice President Joe Biden stated Thursday that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., would take the unorthodox method of ruling “by executive order,” if elected president after she scoffed on the concept of working collectively with Republicans to unite the country on a slew of her progressive coverage proposals.

Top-tier Democratic rivals have begun swiping at one another amid tightening polls forward of February’s presidential main and caucus in New Hampshire and Iowa, respectively, when the 2020 election season — and the battle to tackle President Trump subsequent November — will get underway in earnest.

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Biden, who trailed Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in a University of California at Berkeley ballot launched this week, made the remarks about Warren at a fundraiser within the San Francisco Bay Area — one among three such occasions he had scheduled for the day  in one of many Democratic Party’s stronghold areas. He took intention at Warren with out mentioning her by title.

“I read a speech by one of my — good person — one of my opponents, saying that, you know, ‘Biden says we’re going to have to work with Republicans to get stuff passed,’” Biden stated in Palo Alto. “I thought, ‘Well, OK — how are you going to do it, by executive order?’”

“This particular person said, ‘He thinks he can actually unify the country. You can’t unify the country.’ Well, guys, if we can’t unify the country you all ought to go home now, because nothing’s going to happen except by executive order,” Biden continued.

“And last time I knew it, a president is not allowed to say, ‘This is how I’m changing the tax structure; this is how I’m changing the environment.’ … You need to actually get a consensus in the constitutional process,” Biden stated. “And we can unify the country.”

“Last time I knew it, a president isn’t allowed to say, ‘This is how I’m altering the tax construction; that is how I’m altering the atmosphere.’ … You want to really get a consensus within the constitutional course of.” 

— Joe Biden

Biden appeared to react to a remark made earlier within the day in New Hampshire by Warren who — additionally with out naming her targets – took intention at Biden earlier than refocusing her remarks on an opponent they’ve in widespread, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

“We know that one Democratic candidate walked into a room of wealthy donors this year to promise that ‘nothing would fundamentally change’ if he’s elected president,” Warren stated of Biden throughout her tackle on the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

Referring to Buttigieg, she continued: “Unlike some candidates for the Democratic nomination, I’m not betting my agenda on the naive hope that if Democrats adopt Republican critiques of progressive policies or make vague calls for unity, that somehow the wealthy and well-connected will stand down.”

Warren — who has eschewed fundraisers with top-dollar donors throughout her presidential bid as she as an alternative focuses almost solely on small-dollar grassroots contributions — as soon as once more criticized Biden and Buttigieg for mingling with rich donors.

Though rating third in California, Biden stays the slender Democratic front-runner in nationwide polls, in accordance to the Mercury News of San Jose. Biden is also capitalizing on big-money donors in Silicon Valley after their home-state Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., dropped out of the first race, in accordance to a report in Politico this week.

On Thursday, Biden appeared at an occasion on the house of Sarah and Greg Sands, founding father of the enterprise capital agency Costanoa Ventures. He then attended a fundraiser in San Francisco hosted by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and her husband, financier Richard Blum, earlier than heading to a 3rd occasion throughout the town hosted by lawyer Joe Cotchett, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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Biden took warmth from Warren and Sanders in October for forming a brilliant PAC to settle for limitless donations from billionaires and company elites to treatment his fundraising woes. He had beforehand promised not to settle for tremendous PAC donations when he first introduced his candidacy in April.

According to the Federal Election Commission, Biden raised $38 million from April by September. That determine means Biden falls in fifth place when it comes to fundraising {dollars} amongst Democratic presidential candidates. He has solely raised about half as a lot as Sanders, who doesn’t settle for tremendous PAC donations.

Biden’s marketing campaign additionally has struggled with shortcomings in accessible money available. The most up-to-date federal fundraising report stated he has simply $eight million in money available in contrast to Sanders’ $33 million, Warren’s $25 million and Buttigieg’s $23 million.

Democrats are additionally now contending with the seemingly limitless potential funding of marketing campaign newcomer Michael Bloomberg, a multibillionaire who joined the race in late November — although the previous New York City mayor has struggled within the polls.

WebNews’ Paul Steinhauser and Tara Prindiville contributed to this report.

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