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Warren responds to criticism over 2018 fundraiser

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she “saw how the system worked” when she held the type of fundraiser that she now decries and decided she’s “going to do better than that” as she campaigns for president.

In her first trip to Iowa after Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, in which Warren and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg sparred over the issue of high-dollar fundraisers, the Massachusetts senator was forced to defend herself after an Associated Press report revealed she held an event in June 2018 that charged people to get in. The news article said Warren charged $2,700 for a photo, $1,000 for a souvenir wine bottle, and a $100 entry fee.

When asked about the article by reporters in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Warren said she decided to forego those types of fundraisers when she chose to run for president.