Bernie Campaign Shares Progressive's Opinion that Biden Is 'Corrupt'

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Posted: Jan 20, 2020 4:30 PM
Bernie Campaign Shares Progressive's Opinion that Biden Is 'Corrupt'

Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

The ill will between the Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden camps is only getting worse. On Monday morning, the Sanders campaign shared an op-ed from progressive activist Zephyr Teachout accusing former Vice President Biden of corruption.

"'Middle Class' Joe Biden has a corruption problem," Teachout, who once ran against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the New York gubernatorial race, writes in The Guardian. For starters, she claims Biden's "career was bankrolled by the credit card industry" and that "he did it for his donors." Secondly, she says, the Biden campaign "is being bankrolled by a super Pac run by healthcare lobbyists." Third, Biden "broke his promise" not to take money from the fossil fuel industry. Sen. Sanders has made it very clear that tackling climate change is one of his highest priorities. He mentions it during debates every chance he gets and it's the reason he was one of few senators to vote against the new trade deal, the USMCA.

The Sanders campaign liked what Teachout had to say and shared it with their supporters.

Before accusing Biden of "corruption," Sanders and his campaign repeatedly condemned the presidential frontrunner for failing to take responsibility for his vote on the Iraq War in 2002. At last week's debate in Iowa, Sanders called it "the worst foreign policy blunder in the modern history of this country."

"I did everything I could to stop that war," Sanders said. "Joe saw it differently."

Biden agreed that it was a "mistake" for him to believe the George W. Bush administration that they were not going to go to war. But he defended his foreign policy record and told Sanders that he helped bring thousands of those troops home. The Washington Post gave Biden two Pinocchios for that claim. 

Before that, the two contenders went toe-to-toe on health care. Sanders has promoted Medicare for All, while Biden has been telling voters it would ruin Medicare as they know it and would cost more than Sanders is letting on. Biden "flat out lied" about that, said Nina Turner, co-chairwoman of Sanders's campaign.