Biden and Sanders Intensify Mutual Attacks Ahead of Six-State Vote on 10 March


Biden and Sanders Intensify Mutual Attacks Ahead of Six-State Vote on 10 March

Following the withdrawal of Michael Bloomberg and Senator Elizabeth Warren after their poor performance during Super Tuesday, the Democratic nomination race has been narrowed down to a contest between Biden and Sanders, with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard lagging behind with only two pledged delegates.

As a new round of Democratic primaries approaches with six states, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Washington and North Dakota, going to the polls on 10 March, the two main contenders, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, have intensified their attacks on each other both in rallies and in broadcasted ads.

Senator Sanders of Vermont chose to focus on Joe Biden’s perceived status as a representative of an “old” political establishment, while posing himself as a revolutionist representing the young, workers and some minority groups. This comes after Sanders demonstrated confident victories in Nevada and California with strong support from Hispanics.

Among other points of Sanders’ criticism of his opponent were Biden’s history of supporting the North American Free Trade Agreement, which arguably sucked away jobs from the US, and his opposition to federally funded abortions – a stance that the former vice president recently disavowed.

The Vermont senator’s chief rival mainly defended his positions from Sanders’ attacks via TV and internet ads. Biden namely dismissed the senator’s attacks on his previous support for cutting Social Security benefits and claimed that he will actually increase and “protect” them.

Biden and Sanders Intensify Mutual Attacks Ahead of Six-State Vote on 10 March

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden addresses supporters at his Super Tuesday night rally in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 3, 2020

Biden went on to criticise Sanders’ constant aggression against him, arguing that it only plays into the hands of President Donald Trump, and called on the Democratic Party to unite behind his candidacy. In his ads, Biden accuses Sanders of failing to accept his defeat in 2016 and thus depriving Hillary Clinton, the nominee at that time, of votes and letting Trump win.

The allies of the former vice president also tried to neutralise the Vermont senator’s anti-establishment message by reminding him about the strong support that Biden enjoys from the African-American community.

This, however, didn’t stop Sanders from renewing his offensive on Biden’s talking points, once again questioning the former vice president’s plans for the future of the Social Security system in the US, this time on Twitter.

The two rivals will be meeting tete-a-tete during the next debate in Phoenix on 15 March right after another round of primaries on 10 March. Apart from them there is only one remaining contender left – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who so far has only managed to win two pledged candidates and is likely to miss the Phoenix debate due to the DNC’s qualification requirements.


Biden and Sanders Intensify Mutual Attacks Ahead of Six-State Vote on 10 March

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