Biden ‘A Good Friend’ Says Sanders, Our Records Speak for Themselves

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US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) (L) participates in a reenacted swearing-in with his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders and US Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Senate Chamber at the US Capitol January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Biden swore in the newly-elected and re-elected senators earlier in the day on the floor of the current Senate chamber. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Reprinted from Common Dreams by Jon Queally on May 5, 2019.

In the ostensibly friendly battle between the more than twenty candidates now running for the Democrat’s presidential nomination, the battle over who is “most progressive” has emerged as one theme that makes the 2020 primary race stand apart from previous election years.

And while former vice president Joe Biden, largely considered the frontrunner in the field despite only entering the race officially just last month, made headlines for claiming he should be granted that title, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday morning pushed gently back on that idea.

“Look Joe Biden is a good friend of mine and I’m not here to attack Joe,” said Sanders when asked about the issue by ABC News‘ Jonathan Karl during an interview in Iowa on Sunday morning. In response to the question, Sanders said their distinct voting records when they served together in the Senate speak for themselves.

“Joe voted for the war in Iraq, I led the effort against it. Joe voted for NAFTA and Permanent Normal Trade Relations [PNTR] with China, I led the effort against that. Joe voted for the deregulation of Wall Street, I voted against that,” Sanders said. “You know, I think if you look at Joe’s record and you look at my record, I don’t think there’s much question about who’s more progressive.” …

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