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Biden, Sanders clash on Social Security


Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pennsylvania governor: Biden nomination will be ‘virtually clinched’ after next Tuesday How coronavirus is changing Sunday’s debate The Memo: Coronavirus scrambles the art of campaigning MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Pennsylvania governor: Biden nomination will be ‘virtually clinched’ after next Tuesday How coronavirus is changing Sunday’s debate The Memo: Coronavirus scrambles the art of campaigning MORE (I-Vt.) clashed intensely over Social Security during the Democratic debate Sunday night, reigniting a flashpoint that has surfaced throughout the primary campaign.

Biden took issue with ads Sanders is running on the issue.

“My Lord, Bernie. You’re running an ad saying I’m opposed to Social Security that PolitiFact said is a flat lie and that The Washington Post said is a flat lie,” Biden said.

The ad in question features clips of Biden as a senator calling for a freeze in spending levels, including for Social Security, to tackle the nation’s debt problems.The ad’s text reads, “Biden has advocated cutting Social Security for 40 years.” PolitiFact and The Washington Post both rated the claim “misleading.”

Sanders pressed Biden on whether he had made speeches on the Senate floor advocating for cuts to Social Security and other programs.

“Have you been on the floor of the Senate — you were in the Senate for a few years — time and time again, talking about the necessity, with pride, about cutting Social Security, cutting Medicare, cutting veterans programs,” Sanders asked.

“No,” Biden responded.

Sanders urged America to go online to fact-check Biden. “Go to the website right now. Go to the YouTube right now,” he said.

Sanders’s ads feature a 1995 clip of Biden on the Senate floor saying, “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.”



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