Castro Blasts Biden Over His Record With Obama, Questions His Memory in Heated Debate Moment

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Former Vice President Joe Biden faced some tough questions from his 2020 competitors about former President Barack Obama’s legacy during the third Democratic primary debate.

Former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro came out swinging at the former vice president during Thursday night’s debate in Houston, Texas.

Discussing health care, the former HUD secretary suggested that he’d be “fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama” and Biden wouldn’t, to which Biden responded, “That’ll be a surprise to him.”

Castro also took a controversial shot at Biden, claiming he was “forgetting” what he had said a few minutes prior while discussing health care — a move many found to be a low blow.

Biden’s adviser Anita Dunn pushed back against Castro’s criticism.

“I think Castro, who likes to talk about learning from history, clearly didn’t learn from the first two debates that taking personal cheap shots at Vice President Biden actually doesn’t work out that well for the candidate who throws the shot,” Dunn said. “It’s unfortunate that Castro decided to go the route he did.”

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While agreeing that Obama was “very different” than President Donald Trump regarding immigration because of Trump’s “dark heart,” Castro made clear his “problem” with Biden.

“Every time something good about Barack Obama comes up, he says, ‘Oh, I was there, I was there, I was there, that’s me too.’ And then every time somebody questions part of the administration that we were both part of, he says, ‘Well, that was the president.’ I mean, he wants to take credit for Obama’s work, but not have to answer to any questions.”

When asked to confront the high volume of migrant deportations under the Obama administration and if he was “prepared to say tonight that you and President Obama made a mistake about deportations,” Biden defended his former boss’s record.

“I’m proud to have served with him,” Biden said.

This wasn’t the first time that the former vice president had to answer to his past and the Obama administration.

During the second round of the debates, Biden came under fire from his Democratic opponents and fumbled to defend his and Obama’s record on topics such as the Iraq War, migrant deportations, and Biden’s past controversial race comments, as IJR previously reported.

When he was still in the race, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) took a swing at Biden at the time, telling him to “pass the torch” to the newer generation.

Although Biden was faced with attacks, he still maintains his position as a front-runner in the Democratic primary, as IJR reported.

“Most had a decent night, but the front-runners are still the front-runners,” Democratic strategist in South Carolina Leah Daughtry said.

Additionally, Biden’s 2020 campaign seems unmoved.

His deputy campaign manager Kate Beddingfield said following the debate: “I think candidates have seen, not just in the debates, but over the course of this campaign, that attacking Joe Biden is not the way to advance yourself in the polls. I do think candidates are seeing that, and learning that lesson in terms of where we are in the race.”

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