Biden Shakes off Sanders' Criticism About Campaign "Baggage"

Last week marked the beginning of a new back-and-forth between 2020 Democrats Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

While both candidates are running to win their party’s nomination, they still differ in some areas, especially regarding policy. Biden favors the reinstatement and expansion upon Obamacare, whereas Sanders favors Medicare-for-All. Biden has expressed willingness to choose a Republican running mate, whereas Sanders explained that he’d do no such thing.

Joe Biden by Gage Skidmore, on Flickr

Joe Biden” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore

Last week, Sanders slammed Biden, stating that his campaign lacks the “energy” and contains too much “baggage” to defeat President Trump. The socialist senator furthermore hit the former vice president for his prior support of NAFTA.

On Friday, Biden replied to Sanders’ comments when speaking with the press. According to Fox News, the former vice president stated that he wasn’t going to address the “ridiculous comments” of Sanders.

Reviewing Biden’s Response to Sanders’ Criticism

When convening with reporters, Biden attempted to keep his response to the socialist’s censure as short as possible.

After being asked about Sanders’ stance on the war in Iraq, Biden flippantly stated that the media isn’t “going to get [him] in a fight with Bernie.” The 2020 Democrat also made sure to note that he doesn’t feel a need to really respond to Sanders’ comments; however, Biden did push back by claiming that the socialist has “enough baggage” already.

At a national level, Biden is still ahead of Sanders in the polls; however, the latter arrives at a second or third place behind him.

With the Iowa caucuses coming up next month, there have been more and more attacks between Democrat candidates who are leading and in the highest competition with one another. The competition between Biden and Sanders is especially fierce, seeing as both 2020 Democrats share a similar audience of working-class left-wingers.

Reactions from Americans

Many people throughout the country have raised their eyebrows at the manner in which Biden chose to respond to Sanders. Some folks viewed the former vice president’s reaction as him “backing down.” Others opined that both presidential candidates have considerable amounts of “baggage” after spending multiple decades in politics.

Bernie Sanders by Gage Skidmore, on Flickr

Bernie Sanders” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore

In recent weeks, additional reports have indicated that Sanders is being taken more seriously than before. While certain folks within the DNC initially wrote him off, this outlook is being reconsidered, especially as Biden faces various issues regarding his past legal woes and the troubles with his son, Hunter Biden. The former vice president’s series of multiple verbal gaffes and mistakes haven’t helped his cause either.

Which candidate do you believe brings more baggage to the 2020 presidential election? Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!