Speed Reads

2020 Democratic debates

Pete Buttigieg started a pile-on against Elizabeth Warren over how she'd pay for Medicare-for-All

Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was put on the defensive earlier during the Democratic primary debate Tuesday night in Westerville, Ohio.

After Warren gave a somewhat evasive response to a question about whether she would raise taxes on the middle class to fund Medicare-for-all, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg was the first to strike. Buttigieg criticized Warren for not providing a "yes or no" answer to a "yes or no" question, before launching into a defense of his own plan, which would allow people to stay on their private plans if they so choose.

"I don't understand why you believe the only way to deliver affordable coverage to everybody is to obliterate private plans," Buttigieg said to Warren.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) then got a few digs in, as well, calling Warren's plan a "pipe dream," and former Vice President Joe Biden also explained why he doesn't support Medicare-for-All either. Tim O'Donnell