Meanwhile, Buttigieg in a CNN interview Thursday said Warren was “extremely evasive” about the tax hike issue.
“I think that if you are proud of your plan and it's the right plan, you should defend it in straightforward terms,” Buttigieg said. “And I think it's puzzling that when everybody knows the answer to that question of whether her plan and Senator (Bernie) Sanders' plan will raise middle class taxes is yes, why you wouldn't just say so, and then explain why you think that's the better way forward?”
The tougher engagement of Warren by top-tier Democratic rivals comes at a critical moment in the Democratic presidential nomination. Nineteen major Democrats are still in the race, vying for attention, support and the opportunity to take on President Trump in the November 2020 general election.
The new Iowa Poll that shows Warren for the first time at the top of the race in the Hawkeye State with support from 22% of likely Democratic caucusgoers is just a snapshot of where things stand in the Iowa caucus that is more than 130 days away.
Still, it is an important marker of the state of the race at a moment when more Americans are beginning to pay closer attention to the 2020 election.
In addition to the Iowa Poll, a series of recent national polls following this month’s debate in Houston showed Warren gaining on the frontrunner Biden, while Sanders is fading.