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A LOOK BACK AT JOE BIDEN'S QUESTIONABLE JUDGMENT

This comprehensive list varies in importance, so I highlighted the issues that seem most concerning.

Joe Biden seems like a decent man with exceedingly poor judgment (with all due respect).

Vote your conscience in the primary and vote Democrat in the general!  #NeverTrump

FYI: I was a delegate for Bernie in 2016, but this was NOT done in coordination with ANY political campaign/org.

GENERAL ISSUES

  • Biden would be 78 years old at the time of his swearing-in. As a septuagenarian white male with a long, and rather conservative, voting record, Biden is an unlikely prospect to lead a new Democratic coalition in 2020. Moreover, history proves that Americans like outsiders and fresh faces, not veteran insiders who bear the scars of every political controversy of the past two generations (and have already run for president twice and lost -- in 1988 and 2008).

  • In 1964, as an undergraduate on spring break in the Bahamas, Biden told his first wife, Neilia Hunter, that he aimed to become a senator by the age of 30, and then President. 

    • Leubsdorf, Carl P. (September 6, 1987). "Biden Keeps Sights Set On White House". The Dallas Morning News. Reprinted in "Lifelong ambition led Joe Biden to Senate, White House aspirations". The Dallas Morning News. August 23, 2008. Archived from the original on September 19, 2008

  • The NYT writes that Biden's "weak filters make him capable of blurting out pretty much anything”, and he's known to deviate from prepared remarks at will. The political writer Howard Fineman has said, "Biden is not an academic, he's not a theoretical thinker, he's a great street pol. He comes from a long line of working people in Scranton—auto salesmen, car dealers, people who know how to make a sale. He has that great Irish gift.”

CHRONOLOGICAL ISSUES

  • 1968: Received five student draft deferments to avoid the Vietnam War, and then was disqualified in 1968 from service for asthma, despite playing football for years (in high school and college) and never mentioning asthma in his memoir.

    • "As a result of a physical exam on April 5, 1968, Joe Biden was classified 1-Y and disqualified from service because of asthma as a teenager," said David Wade, a campaign spokesman. Biden also never took part in anti-war demonstrations, later saying that at the time he was preoccupied with marriage and law school, and that he "wore sports coats ... not tie-dyed".

  • 1976: Voted for the "Hyde Amendment", a legislative rider that forbid government-funded insurance programs from paying for abortion, making abortion all but inaccessible to poor people.

  • 1981: Proposed the “Biden Amendment,” which prohibited foreign aid to be used on any biomedical research related to abortion.

  • 1982: Voted for Jesse Helms’ Amendment, which permanently prohibited foreign NGOs receiving United States aid from using that aid to perform abortions.​

  • 1986: Sponsored the "Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986".

    • This bill ratcheted up penalties for drug crimes. It also created a big sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine — even though both drugs are pharmacologically similar, the law made it so someone would need to possess 100 times the amount of powder cocaine to be eligible for the same mandatory minimum sentence for crack. Since crack is more commonly used by black Americans, this sentencing disparity helped fuel the disproportionate rates of imprisonment among black communities.

  • 1986: Voted for the "Tax Reform Act" (TRA), the second "Reagan tax cut" that largely benefitted the wealthy, led to greater federal deficits, and was based on Reagan's discredited "trickle-down economic theory".

  • 1986: Voted for the "Firearms Owners’ Protection Act" (FOPA), a bill that overturned various regulations and six Supreme Court rulings and was called "the law that saved gun rights" by the NRA.

    • ​"The measure allowed dealers to sell rifles, shotguns and ammunition through the mail, and, eventually, the internet. It limited federal inspections of firearms dealers while allowing them to sell guns at gun shows, which helped them grow in size and popularity. And it made it easier for private collectors to sell guns without obtaining a federal dealers' license, which would play a role in what later became known as the "gun show loophole."" (NBC)

    • Biden said at the time: "I believe the compromises that are now a part of this bill have resulted in a balanced piece of legislation that protects the rights of private gun owners while not infringing on law enforcement's ability to deal with those who misuse guns or violate laws... During my 12 and a half years as a member of this body, I have never believed that additional gun control or federal registration of guns would reduce crime. I am convinced that a criminal who wants a firearm can get one through illegal, non-traceable, unregistered sources, with or without gun control".

  • 1987: Ran for President in the Democratic primary, but dropped out after his pattern of plagiarizing speeches without attribution was uncovered. 

    • "Biden's trouble began with the revelation that he had used, without attribution, long portions of a moving address by the British Labor Party leader, Neil Kinnock. It emerged he had also used passages from the speeches of Robert Kennedy & Hubert Humphrey. It was revealed that Biden had been disciplined as a first-year law student for using portions of a law review article in a paper without proper attribution and was hit again by a videotape of his appearance in New Hampshire in which he misstated several facts about his academic career." (NYT)

 

  • 1991: Sponsored the "Comprehensive Counter-Terrorism Act".

    • This bill featured language mandating that technology companies create “back doors” in their products and turn over their encryption keys for law enforcement to snoop through. The Electronic Privacy Papers described Biden's bill as representing the FBI's visible effort to restrict encryption technology, which was taking place in concert with the National Security Agency's parallel, but less visible efforts. (Biden was no foe of the NSA. He once described now-retired NSA director Bobby Ray Inman as the "single most competent man in the government." Moreover, Biden’s bill so alarmed one programmer, it spurred him to develop email encryption. Biden tried to water down encryption again 3 years later with a successful bill that expanded federal wiretap powers, but privacy advocates managed to remove this and other provisions from the bill before it passed.

  • 1991: Biden bragged that he wanted to make more crimes eligible for the death penalty than the alternative offered by the Bush administration and Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) -- i.e. the Violent Crime Control Act of 1991.

    • “The Biden crime bill before us calls for the death penalty for 51 offenses... The president’s bill calls for the death penalty on 46 offenses.” He boasted, on final passage of compromise legislation, that it was “the single largest expansion of the federal death penalty in the history of the Congress.”

 

  • 1994: Sponsored the "Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act", which he often called "the 1994 Biden Crime Bill”.

    • This law imposed tougher sentences (including some mandatory minimums), increased funding for prisons, and helped foster the explosive growth of the US prison population from the 1990s through the 2000s, which disproportionately contributed to the mass incarceration of minorities in particular.

    • While Biden has pointed to provisions of the bill that troubled him, as late as 2016 he was still defending it and insisting that he was “not at all” ashamed of the legislation". Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton was confronted on the 2016 campaign trail by BLM activists for merely advocating its passage as First Lady.

    • Before writing the 1994 crime bill, Biden was heavily involved in three previous bills (in 1984, 1986, and 1988) that together constituted the bulk of the Reagan-era War on Drugs. Other provisions supported by Biden allowed police to introduce illegally obtained evidence in court, and would have codified the shrinking of prisoners’ rights to file habeas corpus petitions.

    • Biden told the National Sheriffs’ Association in 2007: “My greatest accomplishment is the 1994 Crime Bill". 

    • A key component of this bill was Biden's Community Oriented Police Services (COPS), his idea to put 100,000 more officers on the street.

      • A 2005 report by the Government Accountability Office concluded that the program MAY have contributed to a minor reduction in crime — maybe 1% — but at a cost of $8 billion. Furthermore, a peer-reviewed study in the journal Criminology concluded that COPS “had little to no effect on crime”, and a 2000 report by the Madison Times found that COPS grants, along with a federal program through which local police departments obtained surplus military equipment from the Pentagon, led to a mass expansion of SWAT teams.
      • ​Nevertheless, Biden boasted that the COPS program was responsible for the dramatic fifteen-year drop in violent crime that began in the early 1990s -- “You hear anybody say, any serious person say, that our investment in local law enforcement at a federal level over the last decade has been a failure?” Biden said to the National Sheriffs Association in 2005, as he griped about the Bush administration’s phase-out of COPS.

    • SOURCES:

  • 1995: Sponsored the "Omnibus Counterterrorism Act" — which would later essentially become the 2001 Patriot Act.

    • In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, Biden introduced the bill on behalf of the Clinton administration. The bill made “terrorism” a new federal crime, allowed those charged with terrorism to be automatically detained before trial, outlawed donations to government-designated terrorist groups, allowed electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists, and created a special court to deport non-citizens accused of terrorism (ironically, when Bush had proposed a similar measure years before, Biden had denounced it as “the very antithesis of our legal system”). It also let the government use evidence from secret sources in those trials.

    • With its mix of “discredited ideas from the Reagan and Bush Administrations” and “provisions eroding constitutional and statutory due process protections,” the Center for National Security Studies called it an “extension of some of the worst elements of crime bills of the recent past.”

    • SOURCES:

 

  • 1996: Voted for the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act" (PRWORA)— a conservative overhaul of the federal welfare system.

    • This law was said to have destroyed the welfare safety net by replacing a federal welfare guarantee with block grants to states — thus significantly decreasing aid to those who needed it most. The law increased poverty, lowered incomes for single mothers, put people from welfare into homeless shelters, and left states free to eliminate welfare entirely.

    • Jason DeParle of the New York Times, after interviews with single mothers, said that they have been left without means to survive, and have turned to desperate and sometimes illegal ways to survive, including shoplifting, selling blood, scavenging trash bins, moving in with friends, and returning to violent partners.

  • 1996: Voted for "The Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA).

    • This law would have prohibited same-sex marriage in federal law, and provided that no state is required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. It also defined 'marriage' as 'between one man and one woman.’ Biden was against gay marriage up to 2008.

  • 1997: Voted for the "Balanced Budget Amendment", a constitutional amendment that is widely regarded by economists to be TERRIBLE public policy. Moreover, the bill was only supported by one other Democratic senator.

  • 1998: Wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that “a policy based on sanctions does not guarantee that Saddam Hussein’s weapons program will be curtailed. Ultimately, as long as Saddam Hussein is at the helm, no inspectors can guarantee that they have rooted out the entirety of Saddam Hussein’s weapons program. And I said the only way to remove Saddam is a massive military effort, led by the United States.”

  • 2001: Voted for "The Patriot Act" — which Biden said was essentially a duplicate of his 1995 bill.

    • This bill allowed secret evidence to be used in prosecutions, expanded the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and wiretap laws, created a new federal crime of "terrorism" that could be invoked based on political beliefs, permitted the U.S. military to be used in civilian law enforcement, and allowed permanent detection of non-U.S. citizens without judicial review.

    • The Center for National Security Studies said the bill would erode "constitutional and statutory due process protections" and would "authorize the Justice Department to pick and choose crimes to investigate and prosecute based on political beliefs and associations."

    • Biden actually lamented that the Patriot Act didn’t go further, regretting that measures allowing police to carry out 48-hour emergency surveillance without a court order and letting them use accidentally illegally obtained wiretap evidence were removed.

  • 2002: Voted for the "Iraq War Resolution", authorizing President Bush to use military force in Iraq, thus leading to The Iraq War.

    • At the time, BIden was chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and thus had the most privileged access to top officials in the American government and around the world. 

    • Biden said in August 2003, “I voted to go into Iraq, and I’d vote to do it again”. Biden would later claim that he believed that authorizing the use of force would give President Bush “a stronger hand to get Saddam Hussein to act responsibly, and it was a very bad bet that I made.”

    • Biden also strongly supported the war on Afghanistan, and thought it was executed so well, that it’s what gave him confidence in giving Bush war powers against Iraq:

      • "First of all, I think that I vastly underestimated the incompetence of this administration. I really mean it. Remember, they did it pretty well in Afghanistan. They acted responsibly. Almost every major network, almost every major editorial board in America said that they were acting responsibly. And when [Bush] came forward with this plan for Iraq, his wanting this authority, we assumed he'd act equally as responsibly. But they have been absolutely irresponsible." (AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City, Nevada Feb 21, 2007)

  • 2002: Sponsored a bill that would have made it a federal felony to trick certain types of devices into playing unauthorized music or executing unapproved computer programs. Soon after, Biden signed a letter that urged the Justice Department "to prosecute individuals who intentionally allow mass copying from their computer over peer-to-peer networks." Critics of this approach said that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and not taxpayers, should pay for their own lawsuits.

  • 2003: Sponsored the "Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act" (RAVE) and "Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act".

    • These laws built on the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 to impose civil penalties on businesses that knowingly lease, rent, use, or profit from a space where illicit drugs are being stored, manufactured, distributed, or used. The RAVE Act expanded earlier “crack house” laws to include commercial venues, allowing business owners to be prosecuted if they “maintain a drug-involved premises.” The idea was to go after raves, in which drugs are widely used. But the law has been widely criticized for making rave organizers from enacting common sense safety measures, including providing medical or educational services for drug users.

  • 2005: Was a sponsor for the "Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act" (BAPCPA), which removed bankruptcy protections for millions.

    • This law made the discharge of liability for medical bills more difficult, and took away bankruptcy protections for students by making private student loans one of the 10 debts that can't be forgiven. Support for the act mostly came from banks, credit card companies, and other creditors. Opponents of the bill regularly pointed out that the credit card industry spent more than $100 million lobbying for the bill over the course of eight years. Biden voted for these bills in 2000, 2001, and then again in 2005. The bill was a boon to credit card lenders, many of which are based in Delaware.

    • Elizabeth Warren (a bankruptcy expert and fierce critic who convinced Senator Hillary Clinton to vote against the bill) argued at the time that the legislation did nothing to curtail the predatory practices of credit card companies, such as exorbitant interest rates, rising and often hidden fees, and targeting minors and the recently bankrupt for new cards. 

      • In a livid op-ed letter to the New York Times, Warren called the bankruptcy bill “unconscionable”, noting that it particularly imperiled female-headed households and used abortion as a strategic wedge. Warren, wondered whether “politicians like Mr. Biden … believe they can give credit-card companies the right to elbow out women and children so long as they rally behind an issue like abortion? The message is unmistakable: on an economic issue that attracts millions of dollars of industry support, women have no real political importance.”

      • “Banking and credit lobbyists have been trying to change the bankruptcy laws for years,” Warren wrote. “The current bill was stuck in conference between the Senate and House until Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware — where many banks and credit-card issuers are incorporated — agreed to vote with Republicans on almost all the issues that were holding up the bill.”

    • It was widely claimed by advocates of BAPCPA that its passage would reduce losses to creditors such as credit card companies, and that those creditors would then pass on the savings to other borrowers in the form of lower interest rates. These claims turned out to be false. After BAPCPA passed, although credit card company losses decreased, prices charged to customers increased, and credit card company profits soared.

      • Michael Simkovic, "The Effect of BAPCPA on Credit Card Industry Profits and Prices" Berkeley Business Law Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 2009​.

  • 2006: Voted to renew "The Patriot Act" — a move opposed by many pro-privacy Democrats (including Ron Wyden and Russ Feingold). The ACLU said the renewal "fails to correct the most flawed provisions" of the original 2001 Patriot Act.

  • 2015: Supported and pushed the "Trans-Pacific Partnership" (TPP) trade deal while Vice-President during the Obama Administration.

 

  

ODD REMARKS & GAFFES

  • 1973: Complained about having to feel ANY responsibility for the plight of those who suffered under slavery or systemic oppression in America, and said that homosexuals are a "security risk".

    • "I do not buy the concept, popular in the ‘60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers. In order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back, to even the race.’ I don’t buy that. I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather. I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation. And I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.” (1973 Speech Club City, Cleveland)

    • He also said, "I think the two-party system, although my Democratic colleagues won’t like me saying this, is good for the South and good for the Negro, good for the black in the South."

    • Biden also agreed to answer by mail a series of questions of U.S. Civil Service and military job discrimination which Robert Vane, a gay activist, presented him. Vane, a North Star resident, startled Biden with his sudden inquiries and sent at least three persons storming from the room when he identified his cause. “My gut reaction,” Biden told Vane, “is that they (homosexuals) are security risks but I must admit I haven’t given this much thought … I’ll be darned!”

  • 1974: Referencing the memorable attack on George McGovern’s presidential platform, Biden said that “when it comes to issues like abortion, amnesty and acid, I’m about as liberal as your grandmother.”

  • 1974: “When it comes to civil rights and civil liberties, I’m a liberal but that’s it. I’m really quite conservative on most other issues.” (June, 1974 Washingtonian)

  • 1993: When defending the crime bill on the Senate floor, Biden mocked, in a cartoonish, professorial voice, “liberal Democrats who used to say, ‘let’s look at the sociological underpinnings of why this occurred,’” to figure out how government should respond to high crime rates.

    • ​“I don’t care why someone is a malefactor in society,” Biden said, as he mocked “wacko Democrats” for trying to understand the causes of crime. “I don’t care why someone is antisocial. I don’t care why they’ve become a sociopath. We have an obligation to cordon them off from the rest of society.”

  • 2001: Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, Biden proposed, “This would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran.”

  • 2003: Praised former segregationist Strom Thurmond (who began his career as a proud racist) in his eulogy.

    • Biden gave one of the eulogies at the funeral of South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, who had filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and supported segregation for much of his career. He said: “Strom knew America was changing, and that there was a lot he didn’t understand about that change. Much of that change challenged many of his long-held views. But he also saw his beloved South Carolina and the people of South Carolina changing as well, and he knew the time had come to change himself. But I believe the change came to him easily. I believe he welcomed it, because I watched others of his era fight that change and never ultimately change.” Biden called Thurmond “a product of his time,” and said he had “moved to the good side.”

    • In another floor speech the day after Thurmond’s death, Biden addressed the hulking part of the late senator’s legacy and said he did not believe his friend was a racist. “But even if he had been,” Biden added, “I believe that he changed. And all the news media says now he changed, they think, out of pure opportunism. I believe he changed because times changed. Life changed. He worked with, he saw, he had relationships with people who educated him as well as I have been educated." Biden also honored Thurmond on the Senate floor (before his 100th birthday), calling him “a constant force in this nation for the better part of a century.”

  • 2006: Came out in support for an English requirement for 'illegal aliens'. (video)

    • "I can't think of a country," Biden responded, "that has two languages as their accepted languages that is doing all that well, including Switzerland and/or Canada."

  • 2006: Proudly recounted going against most Democrats and voting for 700 miles of border wall fencing. (video)

  • 2006: "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking." (June 2006 - video)

  • 2007: Said schools in Iowa are better than DC because Iowa has fewer black kids.

    • "There's less than one percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than four of five percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with," Biden told the Washington Post at the time. "When you have children coming from dysfunctional homes, when you have children coming from homes where there's no books, where the mother from the time they're born doesn't talk to them -- as opposed to the mother in Iowa who's sitting out there and talks to them, the kid starts out with a 300 word larger vocabulary at age three. Half this education gap exists before the kid steps foot in the classroom."

  • 2007: When talking about his presidential primary opponent (Obama): "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man." (Jan. 31, 2007 - audio)

  • 2007: In his book, Biden admits that he ran for president in 1988 as a pretext to running for president again in the future. "If someone had hooked me up to a lie detector in 1988 and asked if I was going to be a fully announced candidate for 1988, I would have said no. If they had asked me if I was building a base to run for president in 1992 or 1996, I would have said, "Absolutely.”" (Promises to Keep, by Joe Biden, p.143-146)

  • 2008: Said to Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham, who is in a wheelchair, "Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see ya." (Sept. 12, 2008 - video)

  • 2008: When criticizing John McCain, Biden said, "Look, John's last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs." (Oct. 15, 2008)

  • 2008: "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened," he said". However, it was Herbert Hoover -- not Roosevelt -- who was president in 1929, and television had not yet been invented (Sept. 22, 2008 - CBS interview)

  • 2008: During his first campaign rally as Obama's running mate, Biden introduced Obama by saying, "A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States -- Barack America!” (Video - Aug. 23, 2008)

  • 2008: Biden says that Obama will definitely be immediately tested by a major international incident (video).

  • 2008: Declared a long-held support for clean coal, despite the fact that such technology did not -- and still does not -- exist.

    • "My record for 25 years has supported clean coal technology. A comment made in a rope line was taken out of context. I was talking about exporting that technology to China so when they burn their dirty coal, it won't be as dirty, it will be clean (VP Debate - Oct 2, 2008).

  • 2009: When talking about the Obama stimulus package, Biden said: "If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30% chance we're going to get it wrong" (Feb. 6, 2009).

  • 2009: While American’s were paranoid about the H1N1/swine flu, Biden said, "I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now. … When one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That's me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway" (April 30, 2009 - Today Show Interview). 

  • 2009: Biden encouraged viewers to visit a government-run website that tracks stimulus spending. When asked for the site's web address, Biden could not remember the site's "number" -- "You know, I'm embarrassed. Do you know the Web site number?" he asked an aide standing out of view. "I should have it in front of me and I don't. I'm actually embarrassed." (Feb. 25, 2009 - interview on CBS' "Early Show")

  • 2010: Said during a speech with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen: "His mom lived in Long Island for ten years or so. God rest her soul. And- although, she's- wait- your mom's still- your mom's still alive. Your dad passed. God bless her soul.”  (March 17, 2010 - video)

  • 2012: Biden suddenly blurted out during an interview that he was in favor of gay marriage. His unscripted announcement derailed the Obama Administration's careful plans to reveal Obama's support, and forced the President to hastily arrange a follow-up interview to make clear his position. Obama later affectionately said Biden had got "over his skis" in pre-empting the move (May 2012 - video).

  • 2012: Bragged about being good friends for 39 years with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who is now being indicted for corruption, and has widely been seen as an obstacle to peace and an enemy of President Obama.​

  • 2014: Biden described Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of modern Singapore, as "the smartest man in the Orient." (speech in Iowa - September 17, 2014)

  • 2018: Presented former President George W. Bush with the liberty medal, amid protests.

    • Biden said, "Bush was my opposition, not my enemy”. However, he has also stated that "Bush has not told the truth for seven years" (2007 AFL-CIO Democratic primary forum Aug 8, 2007), and said, "I regret having believed that this administration had any competence" ("Meet the Candidates" Apr 29, 2007).

  • 2018: Said "The younger generation now tells me how tough things are. Give me a break. I have no empathy for it. Give me a break."

  • 2018: Declared that, unlike Bernie Sanders, "I don't think 500 billionaires are the reason we're in trouble. The folks at the top aren't bad guys. But this gap is yawning, and it's having the effect of pulling us apart. You see the politics of it.” He also said: "I get in trouble in my party when I say, 'Wealthy Americans are just as patriotic as poor folks.' I found no distinction.”

  • 2019: During a $200,000 speech, Biden helped Republican Congressman Fred Upton get re-elected (because they were old friends), and refused to help/endorse his Democratic opponent during a close race.

  • 2019: Biden called VP Mike Pence a "decent guy", and then backtracked (Feb 28, 2019).

  • 2019: Biden called himself "the most progressive candidate”, a wildly inaccurate statement that also accidentally seemed to announce that he would indeed be running for president in 2020, despite still officially being undeclared (March 16, 2019).

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VIDEO CREDITS

 

VIDEO CITATIONS (in order of appearance):

  • Your World With Neil Cavuto (Fox News 4/5/2019)

  • America’s News HQ (Fox News 4/6/2019)

  • Democracy Now (LINKTV 10/20/2015​)

  • Meet the Press with Tom Brokaw (NBC 9/7/2008)

  • Journalist Reid Wilson on CSPAN (9/20/2010)

  • Jeff Connaughton (Biden Fundraiser/Special Assistant) quote in book by Historian George Packer (Q/A CSPAN 7/14/2013)

  • Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News 1/23/2019)

  • Biden-Crime Bill - CSPAN Campaign 2014 Primary (2014)
  • Biden-Crime Bill - CNN Newsroom International (2013)
  • Biden-Crime Bill - Generation Progress CSPAN3 (7/16/2015)
  • Biden-Crime Bill - CSPAN2 (11/18/1993)
  • Biden-Crime Bill - U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting CSPAN (2013)
  • Biden-Crime Bill - U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting CSPAN3 (2015) 
  • Biden-Crime Bill - MSNBC (10/30/2007)
  • Biden-Crime Bill - NPR + The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd (MSNBC 3/21/2013)
  • Biden-Crime Bill - Newseum CSPAN (10/10/2014)
  • Biden-Crime Bill - CNN Exclusive (2013)
  • Biden-Crime Bill - RT + CSPAN2 6/20/1991)
  • Biden-Crime Bill - CSPAN TODAY (2/14/1995)
  • Biden-Crime Bill - CNBC with John Harwood (4/19/2016)
  • Rep. John Lewis on 1996 Welfare Reform Act (CSPAN LIVE 7/31/1996)
  • Brookings Institute at Biden Foundation Speech (5/8/2018)
  • CSPAN2 LIVE on Balanced Budget Amendment (1/31/1995)
  • Meet the Press with Tom Brokaw (NBC 9/7/2008)
  • Democracy Now: Live Election Coverage with Greg Grandin (LINKTV 11/8/2016)
  • Rep. Bernie Sanders on The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) (CSPAN LIVE 4/13/1994)
  • CSPAN2 U.S. Senate LIVE (10/10/2002)
  • CSPAN AFSCME Democratic Primary Debate (2/21/2007)
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central (9/17/2009)
  • Meet the Press with Tom Brokaw (NBC 9/7/2008)
  • Bankruptcy Bill Hearing with Elizabeth Warren (Mother Jones + CSPAN 2/10/2005)
  • Brookings Institute at Biden Foundation Speech (5/8/2018)
  • Progressive Gaffe - CSPAN (1/21/2019)
  • JOBS Gaffe - MSNBC (2008)
  • IQ Gaffe - Q/A CSPAN (4/3/1989)
  • Dick Cheney Compliment - George Washington University (10/2015)

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