BERN NOTICE: Biden Helped the GOP Pass "Disastrous" Policies

As Bernie said today, his indictment during the debate illustrates "the difference between myself and Joe Biden.”

Last night, Bernie skewered Joe Biden in one of the most important moments of the debate — a moment that, as Bernie today said, explicitly illustrates “the difference between myself and Joe Biden.”

Biden began by trying to explain his record to Senator Elizabeth Warren, declaring “I'm the only one on this stage that has gotten anything really big done.” That’s when Bernie reminded Biden that it was true that Biden worked with right-wing Republicans to get big things done — big things that were some of the worst public policy disasters in modern American history. Watch the entire exchange here.

BERNIE TO BIDEN: “You got the disastrous war in Iraq done”

This was a reminder that Biden didn’t merely cast a vote to help George Bush and Dick Cheney launch a disastrous war based on lies, Biden served as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman who promoted the WMD lies as he shepherded the Iraq War legislation through the U.S. Senate and to Bush’s desk.

BERNIE TO BIDEN: “You got a bankruptcy bill, which is hurting middle-class families”

This was a reminder that Biden was one of a handful of Democrats who helped the GOP and credit card companies ram legislation through Congress that made it far harder for Americans to reduce their debts. According to campaign finance data, Biden’s second largest career Senate campaign contributor were donors from MBNA — which was then one of the world’s largest credit card companies.

During the debate over Biden’s bankruptcy bill, Biden split with then-Senator Barack Obama to become one of only 3 Democrats who voted against an amendment to prevent medical debtors from facing some of the most extreme parts of the bill. The specifics of the bill were disastrous:

• Biden’s bill specifically made it more difficult to reduce medical debts.

• Biden’s bill exacerbated the foreclosure crisis, according to a study by Federal Reserve and academic researchers.

• Biden’s bill made it nearly impossible for Americans to reduce their student debts — a point that Biden’s campaign surrogates desperately tried to downplay in the post-debate spin room.

BERNIE TO BIDEN: “You got trade agreements, like NAFTA and PNTR, with China done, which have cost us 4 million jobs”

In an election that could pivot on Midwest states that have seen big trade-related job losses, this line from Bernie was a reminder that Biden helped congressional Republicans crush Democratic opposition and pass lobbyist-written trade agreements like NAFTA and China PNTR — even as unions, environmental and consumer groups fought these deals. The Economic Policy Institute reports that “the growing trade deficit with China has led to a loss of 3.4 million U.S. jobs” and a separate EPI report found that 20 years after NAFTA passed “trade deficits with Mexico had eliminated 682,900 good U.S. jobs.”

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