Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden Continue to Spar Over Social Security

2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are butting heads over Social Security.

The former vice president released a video late Tuesday, where he criticized Sanders for launching “dishonest attacks against fellow Democrats.”

“I’ve been fighting to protect — and expand — Social Security for my whole career,” Biden wrote along with the video, adding, “Any suggestion otherwise is just flat-out wrong.”

The video says, “Bernie’s negative attacks won’t change the truth: Joe Biden is still the strongest Democrat to beat Donald Trump.”

See Biden’s video below:

In response to Biden, Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir rebuked the video in a statement late Tuesday.

“Joe Biden just released the first negative ad of the 2020 Democratic primary, and let’s be clear about why: he’s trying to distort his decades-long record of proposing and voting for cuts to Social Security benefits for millions of people. Joe Biden is no defender of Social Security, and a negative ad won’t help him outrun his record.”

Along with the statement, Sanders’ campaign attached a document on Biden’s record on Social Security, which included a video of Biden saying on the Senate floor in 1995, “When I argued that we should freeze Federal spending, I meant Social Security as well. I meant Medicare and Medicaid. I meant veterans benefits. I meant every single solitary thing in the Government. And I not only tried it once, I tried it twice, I tried it a third time, and I tried it a fourth time.”

Additionally, Sanders tweeted a video late Tuesday, following Biden’s video, and wrote, “Let’s be honest, Joe. One of us fought for decades to cut Social Security, and one of us didn’t. But don’t take it from me. Take it from you.”

Watch the video below:

This is not the first time the two Democrats have butted heads on Social Security, including recently when Sanders’ campaign released a video of Biden’s past comments on privatizing Social Security.

Biden didn’t stay silent, as he claimed the video “doctored” during a town hall in Iowa on Saturday and called for an apology from Sanders. The video was not doctored, as Politico reports. However, a recent statement in a campaign newsletter by Sanders claiming, “In 2018, Biden lauded Paul Ryan for proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare,” was deemed “false” by Politico.

Responses

  1. This administration, including your Dear Leader, is gunning for cuts to your social entitlements in Round 2 of “Stupid Budgets Cuts 2020”, including your Social Security.

    Just a reminder, Confused James, Bernie Sanders wants to fully fund the Social Security program. Vote better, for your own sake.

  2. Anyone who voted for a “balanced budget” or budget cuts for services candidate has only him- or herself to blame for not funding Social Security properly.

    Vote better.

  3. Those of us who receive Social Security benefits need only look at the occasional pittance we received during the eight abysmal years the Kenyan/Biden team did NOTHING for America (didn’t know WHAT or HOW). A number of years we received no COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) increase even though the price of everything we needed to survive went up. As usual Biden has no clue what he’s talking about as he may have slept through those eight years; or was lost out in a ZIP code somewhere.

    1. This administration, including your Dear Leader, is gunning for cuts to your social entitlements in Round 2 of “Stupid Budgets Cuts 2020”, including your Social Security.

      Just a reminder, Confused James, Bernie Sanders wants to fully fund the Social Security program. Vote better, for your own sake.

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