Print By David Sherfinski – The Washington Times – Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden is increasingly taking fire from his left flank over issues including the Iraq War and consumer protections as rivals Sens. Bernard Sanders and Elizabeth Warren try to wound him in the run-up to the kickoff caucuses…
Mr. Sanders hammered Mr. Biden for talking in the past about cuts to entitlement programs, helping “lead the effort” for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and voting for “disastrous” deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“You think that’s going to play well in Michigan or Wisconsin or Pennsylvania?” Mr. Sanders said on CNN. “If we’re going to beat Trump, we need turnout, and to get turnout you need energy and excitement, and I just don’t think that that kind of record is going to bring forth the energy that we need to defeat Trump.”
It was arguably Mr. Sanders’ most direct and extensive attack on Mr. Biden. Until now, the senator from Vermont has more often put President Trump in the crosshairs and campaigned on general themes of soaking the rich and cracking down on big corporations.
Democratic Party strategist Hank Sheinkopf said taking on Mr. Biden is a smart strategy for the other candidates at this stage of the primary race.
“They’ve got to try to mess up his hair before Iowa and to make sure that he’s less competitive in New Hampshire,” he said.
Mr. Biden’s performance on the campaign trail has been heavily criticized, but primary voters have not settled on a clear alternative, generating a renewed sense of urgency among the other top contenders to kneecap him.
Ms. Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, laid out a proposal Tuesday to try to make it easier for debt-ridden Americans to seek bankruptcy. She clashed with Mr. Biden on the issue more than a decade ago when she was a professor.
She didn’t mention Mr. Biden by name, but she complimented several Democratic senators, including Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, for siding with her on the issue in the past.
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