The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who is rising in national polls, had said in a 2008 forum hosted by Georgetown University that the mortgage meltdown that triggered the financial crisis began when banks stopped discriminating against minorities and the poor whose neighborhoods were outlined in red on maps. On a night when Bernie Sanders became the clear Democratic front-runner and Amy Klobuchar found a new wave of momentum, Trump wanted his preeminence in the Republican Party to be known. Then he took a self-described "gut punch" in Iowa and left New Hampshire before the primary results were even delivered.
The Vermont senator bounded ahead after Tuesday's primary, where he edged out former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg by a 1.3% margin.
"The thing that makes (Warren) such a great candidate, that she can unite the party, is also what makes it hard for her to stand out in this big of a primary, since everyone else can nibble away at her support", said Jacqueline Chretien, a New Hampshire lawmaker who endorsed Warren.
Sanders enjoyed his first victory in New Hampshire in 2016, defeating Hillary Clinton in the primary.
Warren is vowing to press on through contests in Nevada and SC this month and on Super Tuesday March 3, when Virginia and 13 other states hold primaries.
Bloomberg, who is self-financing his campaign, has come under fire for comments he made in 2008 that tied a collapse in the US housing market to a ban on redlining, a practice in which banks decline to make mortgage loans to entire neighborhoods.
Bloomberg has been criticized for his racial policies as New York City mayor, particularly a police initiative called "stop and frisk" that targeted young Black men.
"It all started back when there was a lot of pressure on banks to make loans to everyone", Bloomberg said at the forum. Biden told ABC's "The View" he would challenge Bloomberg on the matter and on Bloomberg's past support for a policing strategy known as "stop and frisk" that ensnared disproportionate numbers of blacks and Latinos during Bloomberg's mayoral tenure.
Warren also attacked Bloomberg on redlining. He is not competing in Nevada or SC, which votes on February 29. Bloomberg apologized for stop and frisk in November a few days before announcing his candidacy. "I am a New Yorker". Bloomberg's personal fortune, estimated at around $60 billion, dwarfs that of the president. Some said they were looking for an alternative to Biden after becoming concerned by his debate performances and weak showings in the first two voting states. Cassaundra El-Amin, a black voter, said she was concerned about Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk policy but felt his apology was honest.
"I'd like to see how she performs a little bit later before I lose any faith in her whatsoever", he said.