Former Vice President Joe Biden admitted that most of the 2020 Democrats are “on the same page” when it comes to socialism.
Biden is one of 23 Democrats in the 2020 presidential primary. While he has been leading in most polls, his closest competitor — Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — has been narrowing Biden’s margins in the polls.
Similar to his 2016 campaign against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sanders has been running to the left of the frontrunner and has a speech scheduled for Wednesday on why he believes the time for democratic socialism is now.
But unlike 2016, Biden veered to the left of Clinton and admitted that he is “on the same page” as Sanders.
Watch Biden’s comments:
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“Look, I just think we’ve got a lot of really good candidates out there and they’re making their case and I don’t, I don’t put a whole lot in terms of labels. I just think that, if you think about it, the vast majority of the members that are running — the folks that are running now — are all kind of on the same page as it relates. We differ on the degree, but we all think there ought to be, if not universal, close to universal health care. We all think we’ve got to improve education. We all think we’ve got to have a foreign policy that embraces our friends and does not embrace our enemies. There’s a whole lot going on.”
Biden said he wouldn’t comment on any of Sanders’ policies, in particular, but noted that he doesn’t necessarily share the label of “democratic socialist” with the senator, even if they embrace the same socialist policies.
“I’m not gonna comment on Bernie’s characterization of who or what he is,” said Biden. “He’s sincere about what he thinks and I think he should go out and say it.”
As IJR previously reported, Biden is largely correct when he says many of the candidates are on the same page when it comes to big government, with some notable exceptions, including former Governor John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) who was booed by California Democrats for saying socialism was “not the answer.”