Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) released a video slamming former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE just hours before the two are set to meet at Tuesday night’s 2020 primary debate in Iowa.
Sanders appeared to broadcast his points of attack against Biden as the two compete at the top of most national and early state polls, continuing a weeks-long back-and-forth between the two 2020 front-runners that has focused largely on foreign policy.
The video features Sanders speechwriter David Sirota highlighting Sanders’s attacks on Biden for voting for the Iraq War while he was in the Senate, a criticism the campaign has heavily promoted following increased turmoil in Iran and the broader Middle East.
When you look at my record vs. Joe Biden’s record, I just don’t think that Biden’s record is going to bring forth the energy that we need to defeat Trump. pic.twitter.com/Y8UJYJT6wT
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 14, 2020
“Joe Biden voted and helped lead the effort for the war in Iraq, the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in the modern history of this country,” Sanders says in a CNN clip replayed in the video.
Biden “not only helped Republicans pass the Iraq War resolution; he led the fight to help Republicans vote down Democratic amendments to limit that resolution,” Sirota adds.
The video goes on to slam Biden over his support for the “disastrous” North American Free Trade Agreement, which has been a top target for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and progressives alike. The video also bashes the former vice president’s past efforts to cut government spending for Social Security and support for a bankruptcy bill that, Sanders said, “caused enormous financial problems for working families.”
Sanders and Biden are expected to tangle further at Tuesday night’s primary debate in Iowa as polls for the Hawkeye State, which holds the nation’s first nominating contest on Feb. 3, show them locked in a tight battle for the race’s lead along with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE.
Biden and Sanders increasingly began to feud after this month’s killing of Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top general. Biden maintained that he was best fit to guide American foreign policy because of his years serving on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and as vice president, leading Sanders to pounce on controversial calls such as Biden’s Iraq War vote.
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