Is Bernie taking a cue from Trump by giving a label to his opponent?
After all, it was President Trump who first called Biden “Sleepy Joe.”
Bernie stops just short of labeling Biden “Low-Energy Joe.”
It’s the battle of the septuagenarians — 79-year old Bernie, who suffered a heart attack on the campaign trail, says that 77-year old Biden just doesn’t have what it takes to get voters out in November.
On Monday night’s Anderson Cooper 360, Sanders said that in order to defeat President Trump, Democrats will need huge voter turnout and to excite young voters, but he doesn’t think that Joe has the energy to deliver on either.
He also attacked Biden’s record, “Joe Biden voted — and helped lead the effort — for the war in Iraq, the most disastrous foreign policy blunder in the modern history of this country. Joe Biden voted for the disastrous trade agreements, like NAFTA, and permanent normal trade relations with China, which cost us millions of jobs. You think that’s going to play well in Michigan or Wisconsin or Pennsylvania?”
Sanders continued, “Joe Biden has been on the floor of the Senate, talking about the need to cut Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid. Joe Biden pushed a bankruptcy bill, which has caused enormous financial problems for working families. To get turnout, you need energy and excitement. I don’t think that that kind of record is going to bring forth the energy we need to defeat Trump.”
Presidential candidate @BernieSanders hammers Joe Biden for his Iraq War, NAFTA votes.
“I just don’t think that that kind of record is going to bring forth the kind energy we need to defeat Trump.” pic.twitter.com/3JIIVCNE48
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 7, 2020
According to recent polls, Biden and Bernie are in the top two spots and duking it out to win the nomination.
Now that we’re officially in an election year, it will be interesting to watch these two career politicians with very few actual accomplishments turn on each other in their race to the top.
Let’s just hope that Bernie can control his anger and the fight stays verbal because it would be awkward to watch a couple of septuagenarians get into a bout of fisticuffs on a debate stage to show that they’re tough enough to take on President Trump.