Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race

Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race

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An escalating feud between Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) is highlighting old schisms in the Democratic Party over ideology and political strategy — disputes that highlight just how crucial the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses are to both candidates.

The sight is all too familiar — with a large number of Democrats in Iowa, the fight is reminiscent of the 2004 campaign, when a similar cast of characters held the stage. The feud between the two front-runners cost them both the chance to be the Democratic nominee against President George W. Bush.

Fifteen years ago, liberals found a rising champion in Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D), the only major contender in the Democratic race who had vocally opposed the war in Iraq. Dean’s populist appeal drew huge crowds at West Coast campaign stops, and his poll numbers in Iowa rose steadily.

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