Sanders Says Biden Climate Plan Falls Short

Pablo Tucker
March 24, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak is dominating the Democratic presidential debate between Sen Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden's decision to endorse Warren's bankruptcy plan is significant, showing she and Sanders have moved the party's policy discussions to the left. But their responses also highlighted the chasm between the two on politics and behavior.

"I've endorsed Elizabeth Warren's bankruptcy proposal, which ... allows for student debt to be relieved in bankruptcy and provides for a whole range of other issues", Biden said in a digital town hall in IL on Friday. He proposed specific measures he would take to deal with the crisis.

Before the debate began, both candidates walked onto the stage and greeted each other with an elbow bump instead of a handshake, as seen in the video above.

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This shrinks Biden's lead to 154 delegates in The Associated Press delegate count.

The former vice president was then a Senator from DE, where several financial services and credit card companies are located. But, Biden was not finished coughing.

But he cannot take a potential victory over Sanders for granted, nor can he risk alienating Sanders supporters, particularly the young voters with whom he struggled and will ultimately have to win.

Biden, 77, and Sanders, 78, have been forced to cancel public events and step off the campaign trail during the crisis.

Biden proposed making it law under a national emergency, all US healthcare due to a health crisis would be covered by the government, saying "it's all free, you do not have to pay for a thing". He told them "that there is a place in our campaign for each of you" and that they share a "common goal" of defeating Trump.

In their first one-on-one debate, the two Democratic contenders to face Trump in the November election clashed on the proper approach to the pandemic and other pressing issues, with Biden arguing his approach to leadership would get quick results and Sanders pushing for bigger, more fundamental changes.

Sanders' aggressiveness with Biden could provide insight into the duration of this main battle. With 89 delegates, Washington had the second-largest delegate count of the evening. Following the coronavirus pandemic, his campaign is now unable to hold the noisy large rallies that have propelled his candidacy to date.

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