According to The Hill, previous Vice President Joe Biden clapped back Sunday on Senator Bernie Sanders’s claim that Biden’s record in the Senate would make him an easy target for President Trump in a general election. In an interview with the Los Angeles editorial board, Sanders said “If you are, if you’re Donald Trump and you got Biden having voted for the war in Iraq, Biden having voted for these terrible, in my view, trade agreements, Biden having voted for the bankruptcy bill. Trump will eat his lunch,” to which Biden responded “Tell him come and I’ll give him some dessert at the White House.”
Biden and Sanders, who have been two of the leading candidates in a majority of the polls of the Democratic candidates, have increasingly sparred as the field slowly tightens ahead of the Iowa caucuses. In the most recent Democratic debate, Biden asked Sanders to “put our hand down for a second” during an exchange over health care policy, with Sanders quipping, “I’m just waving to you, Joe, saying hello.” Sanders went on to add that Biden’s health care plan would keep the “status quo,” which Biden denied. Apparently, Biden’s plan, in contrast to Sanders’s universal “Medicare for All” proposal, would create a public option similar to the one floated but ultimately left out of the Affordable Care Act.
Sanders said his ranges appeal to a “multiracial coalition” of voters to suburban Republican women who are tired of Trump’s behavior. Drawing comparison with his own “unprecedented campaign,” Sanders said Biden running the “same old, same old” type of campaign, similar to that of Hillary Clinton’s in 2016, is exactly what Team Trump is hoping for next year. According to Newsweek, both Sanders and Biden have the leeway to throw such jocular jabs at each other, as a wide range of head-to-head matchup polls show the two men perform best against Trump next November. Sanders and Biden each sit at least 4-5 points ahead of Trump in one-on-one general election scenarios. Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg barely even or sit only 1-2 percentage points ahead of Trump.
On the other hand, senator and democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren herself has said that Joe Biden should testify if the Senate asks him to do so. This comes after Joe Biden said he would not testify if asked by the Senate and said that the Republicans were doing this to try and distract from President Trump. Biden has since said he would comply with a legal subpoena. Biden consistently outperforms Sanders versus Trump nationally by narrow margins, although Sanders does better than Biden in certain state polls. Since Sanders has entered the 2020 race, the senator has called Biden a “friend,” but has consistently gone after Biden’s record. Sanders argued he is the better candidate when asked at a recent campaign event in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, about how he will defeat Trump. He tacitly referred to Biden and what appeared to be others by saying: “You know who they are.”