Michael Bloomberg facing new accusations of being racially out of touch

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg are also locked in an escalating war of words.
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In the race for 2020 Democrats are increasingly taking aim at each other trying to draw distinct differences in a still crowded field but the newest candidate is already under fire forced to explain some of his comments less than would weeks after he launched his campaign. This morning, Michael Bloomberg facing new accusations of being racially out of touch. Cory booker endorsed me a number of times and I endorsed Cory booker a number of times. He's very well spoken. He has some good ideas. Reporter: The former New York City mayor with that controversial remark in his first major interview since joining the presidential race. Senator Cory booker saying he was taken aback but that telling our Rachel Scott that Bloomberg has since reached out. Whoever is our nominee should not have to be explained to about why comments like that could be found to be offensive. To a very important part of our constituency. Reporter: Bloomberg now on defense. I probably shouldn't have used the word but I can just tell you he is a friend of mine and he's a Rhodes scholar. Reporter: The campaign heating up with the Iowa caucuses less than two months ago. Senator Elizabeth Warren and mayor Pete buttigieg locked in an escalating war of words. You wouldn't call it a feud. A beef, a rivalry. I call it a competition. Everybody running for president needs to be able to explain why each of us is better than the others. Reporter: Warren taking shots at mayor Pete for his closed door fund-raiser. Senator Warren, you said you wouldn't bash your fellow Democrats in a race, yet you have called out mayor Pete buttigieg on a variety of issues. Are the gloves off? I see this from the very beginning when I got in the race what was important to me is the issue of corruption. And the way we build a grassroots movement is not by going behind closed doors, selling access to time. Giving special titles and special access to -- Reporter: Buttigieg arguing that Warren had attended similar events in the past. She was against it. Reporter: Biden on his no malarkey bus still answers questions over it. You're selling access to the president just like he was. You're a damn liar, man. That's not true. Reporter: That voter attacking Biden about his age and son and the former vice president expressing one regret. I probably shouldn't have challenged him to push-ups. Reporter: Back to mayor Pete buttigieg addressing a growing chorus of questions about his work overseas with a prestigious consulting firm called Mckinsey & company. We no little about the time line, but buttigieg said he's now urging him to replace him in a nondisclosure agreement with a full list of clients. They're saying buttigieg says

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