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Tonight: Biden-Sanders Debate to See Candidates Go Toe-to-Toe
03-16-2020, 12:00 PM
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Tonight: Biden-Sanders Debate to See Candidates Go Toe-to-Toe
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Another Dem debate tonight with a narrowed list of candidates.

Biden-Sanders Debate to See Candidates Go Toe-to-Toe

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said this week that he plans to use the 11th Democratic debate to press front-runner Joe Biden on a series of liberal policy issues.

Mr. Sanders acknowledged Wednesday, after a set of losses in key primaries the night before that he was losing what he called the “debate over electability” to Mr. Biden. But he said if the former vice president hopes to win over his liberal supporters, he needs to sell them on his plans for health care, student loan debt and more.

Here are five of the questions Mr. Sanders said he planned to ask and a comparison of what the two Democrats have said on each issue in past debates.

Health care and Medicare for All: “What are you going to do to end the absurdity of the United States of America being the only major country on earth where health care is not a human right? Are you really going to veto a Medicare for All bill, if it is passed in Congress?”

Biden in Feb. 7 debate: “My proposal gives you a choice. You’re gonna be covered. You have Medicare if you want it, you turn up, we’re gonna restore all the cuts that they made in Obamacare. We’re gonna reduce drug prices, reduce prescription prices, reduce copays, etc. And it costs a lot of money, it costs $750 billion over 10 years…Bernie’s plan costs double, double what the taxpayers are paying for every single program we spend on in the United States of America.”

Sanders in Dec. 19 debate: “When the American people understand that Medicare for All expands Medicare to cover home health care, dental care, eyeglasses in hearing aids and does it add a cost far, far lower than what some of my opponents are talking about, you know what? We are going to have the American people behind us. We will have Congress behind us.”

Medical costs and debt: “What are you going to do for the 500,000 people who go bankrupt in our country because of medically related debt? And what are you going to do for the working people of this country and small-business people who are paying on average 20 percent to health care?”

Biden in Jan. 14 debate: “The proposal I lay out does in fact limit drug costs. It sets up—allows all of the drug companies to—excuse me, it allows you to—Medicare to negotiate with drug companies for the price. It sets a system whereby you cannot raise the price of a drug beyond the cost of medical inflation and, by the way, there is mental health parity that I called for in the Obamacare expanded with the Biden option.”

Sanders in Jan. 14 debate: “We are spending twice as much per capita on health care as do the people of any other country. Look, we have talked about health care for all in this country for over 100 years. Now is the time to take on the greed and corruption of the health-care industry, of the drug companies and finally provide health care to all through a Medicare for All single-payer program. It won’t be easy, but that is what we have to do.”

Income inequality: “What are you going to do to end the absurdity of billionaires buying elections and the three wealthiest people in America owning more wealth than the bottom half of our people?”

Biden in June 27 debate: “Look, Donald Trump has put us in a horrible situation. We do have enormous income inequality, and one thing I agree honestly can make massive cuts in the $1.6 trillion in tax loopholes out there, and I would be going about eliminating Donald Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy.”

Sanders in Feb. 19 debate: “We have a wealth tax...We are going to raise it in a progressive way which deals with income and wealth inequality and makes certain, finally, that health care in this country is a human right, not a privilege.”

College Affordability and Student Debt: “What are you going to do to make sure that all of our people can go to college or trade school regardless of their income? And what are you going to do about the millions of people who are struggling with outrageous levels of student debt?”

Biden in June 27 debate: “That’s why there should be free community college, cutting in half the cost of college. That’s why we should be in the position where we do not have anyone have to pay back the student debt when they get out, they’re making less than $25,000 a year. Their debt is frozen. No interest payment until they get beyond that. We can’t put people in a position where they aren’t able to go on and move on.”

Sanders in Dec. 19 debate: “We need to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, and by taxing billionaires and by taxing Wall Street, we will cancel all student debt in this country.”

Climate change and energy: “How are you going to respond to the scientists who tell us we have seven or eight years remaining to transform our energy system before irreparable harm takes place to this planet because of the ravages of climate change?”

Biden in Jan. 14 debate: “Look, what we have to do is we have to act right away. And the way we act right away is immediately, if I’m elected president, I will reinstate all the mileage standards that existed in our administration, which were taken down. That’s 12 billion gallons of gasoline, barrels of gasoline to be saved immediately.”

Sanders in Feb. 19 debate: “This is an existential threat. You know what that means, Chuck? That means we are fighting for the future of this planet. And the Green New Deal that I support, by the way, will create up to 20 million good paying jobs as we move our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.”

Mass incarceration: “At a time when we have more people in jail than communist China, a nation four times our size, what are you going to do to end mass incarceration and a racist criminal justice system?”

Biden in Sept. 12 debate: “We should be talking about rehabilitation. Nobody should be in jail for a nonviolent crime. When we were in the White House, we released 36,000 people from the federal prison system. Nobody should be in jail for a drug problem. They should be going directly to a rehabilitation. We build more rehabilitation centers, not prisons. We—I’m the guy that put in the drug courts to divert people from the criminal justice system. And so, we have to change the whole way we look at this. When we put people in prison, we have to equip them when they get out.”

Sanders in Feb. 7 debate: “We invest in our young people, in jobs and education, not more jails and incarceration. We end the war on drugs, which has disproportionately impacted African-Americans, Latinos and Native Americans. We end private prisons and detention centers in America.”

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03-16-2020, 12:04 PM
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03-16-2020, 12:06 PM
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^^LOL

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03-16-2020, 12:09 PM
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You seem like a forward thinker, pilgrim.
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03-16-2020, 02:30 PM
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How many seconds in until Bernie uses the word "billionaire"?

I'm just trying to figure this shit out like you are.
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03-16-2020, 08:02 PM
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Joe - "Get off my lawn"

Bernie - "No you get off my lawn god damn you"

Joe - "How is it your lawn?"

Bernie - "Because you worked for it and now you should give it to me"
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03-16-2020, 10:48 PM
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I watched about 15 minutes, but that's all I could take. Creepy Joe flip-flops all over the place but Bernie has consistently been offering people a free lunch. You could tax billionaires at 100% and still not have enough money to pay for all the free shit he's promising.
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