Democrats hit the campaign trail on Saturday with 56 days to go until the Iowa caucuses.
Six of them — including frontrunners former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — schmoozed with labor-union members at a Teamsters-sponsored forum in Cedar Rapids.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren tried to shore up her support in New Hampshire, next door to her Massachusetts home.
But as the Democratic field narrows — with several candidates, including California Sen. Kamala Harris and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, dropping out in recent days — clashes between those remaining are becoming more acute.
Buttigieg, facing pressure from his rivals, released a list of assignments he worked on while at a prominent consulting firm.
Buttigieg, 37, surged in Iowa polls in recent weeks, drawing fire from Warren and Sanders for keeping mum on his three-year stint at McKinsey & Co.
“I never worked on a project inconsistent with my values,” he said in a statement Friday that listed seven projects he worked on between 2007 and 2010.
Buttigieg has said that a nondisclosure agreement prevents him from releasing his client list, and that his campaign has asked McKinsey multiple times to lift the NDA.
Buttigieg’s camp has slammed Warren for her own past work as a corporate attorney and for not releasing tax returns that would reveal her old clients.
Meanwhile, Biden told reporters he was “kidding” last week when he attacked an Iowa voter who challenged him about his son Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine.
“I just pointed out, ‘You’re a liar,’ ” Biden told NPR. “He lied, period. And so, you know, maybe I shouldn’t have kidded with him about that.”
Meanwhile, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker seems to have found a powerful new motivator for Dem donors: shame.
CNN reported that his campaign raised more than $1 million since Tuesday, when Harris dropped out of the running — and when Booker excoriated his own party for considering “more billionaires than black people” as presidential nominees.
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