Speed Reads

2020 Democratic debates

Joe Biden tried to pit Elizabeth Warren against Obama. She wasn't having it.

When Joe Biden went low, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) went high.

In an attempt to pit Warren against former President Barack Obama's health care fight, Biden in Thursday night's debate declared that she was "for Bernie," while he was "for Barack." But Warren wasn't going to let that suggestion drag her down, responding with an ode to Obama and a promise to "improve on" his work.

Warren tackled health care at the June debates by saying "I'm with Bernie on this one," citing Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) Medicare-for-All plan. But when Biden used that line against her on Thursday, she pivoted to affirm "we all owe a huge debt to President Obama, who fundamentally transformed healthcare in America." And now, Warren says "the question is: How best can we improve on it?" In her view, that's Medicare-for-All, and she went on to explain her plan for how it would work and how it would be paid for. Kathryn Krawczyk