SHOWDOWN: Biden, Bernie, Warren Battle After VP Says He’s Only Candidate Who’s ‘Gotten Anything Really Big Done’
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren got into it with Joe Biden at the debate tonight after the former VP touted how much he’s gotten done compared to his opponents.
Biden contrasted his vision with his top two rivals, saying, “I’m going to say something that is probably going to offend some people here, but I’m the only one on this stage that has gotten anything really big done, from the Violence Against Women Act to making sure that we pass the Affordable Care Act.”
He said they should all be upfront with their ideas and not be so “vague.” Pressed on who he’s referring to, Biden said both Sanders and Warren are being vague on Medicare for All.
Sanders fired back in response, “You talked about working with Republicans and getting things done. But you know what you also got done, and I say this as a good friend, you got the disastrous war in Iraq done. You got a bankruptcy bill which is hurting middle class families all over this country.”
Sanders defended his Medicare for All proposal and said Democrats should have the “guts” to stand up to the drug companies and insurance companies.
Warren responded to Biden about getting things done by touting the creating of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
“I agreed with the great job she did,” Biden said. “and I went on the floor and got you votes! I got votes for that bill. I convinced people to vote for it, so let’s get those things straight too.”
When asked to responded, Warren pointedly said: “I am deeply grateful to President Obama, who fought so hard to make sure that agency was passed into law, and I am deeply grateful to every single person who fought for it and who helped pass it into law.”
“You did a hell of a job in your job,” Biden remarked.
“Thank you,” Warren remarked. “But understand this. It was a dream big, fight hard. People told me, go for something little. Go for something small. Go for something that the big corporations will be able to accept. I said no. Let’s go for an agency that will make structural change in our economy.”
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