Food Fight: Joe Biden Accuses Bernie Sanders of Releasing ‘Doctored’ Video

January 19, 2020   |   by James G. Dalton

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden accused rival Bernie Sanders’s campaign on Saturday of disseminating a “doctored” video which falsely shows Biden supporting the privatization of Social Security, and called on the Sanders campaign to disown it.

Former Vice President Biden, who had just been asked at an Iowa campaign event about rumors that he wants to cut Social Security, said he does not want to cut the government-run retirement and disability program.

He then lambasted the campaign of Sanders, a progressive standard-bearer and rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Biden said “Bernie’s people” had put out a “doctored video” that appeared to show him agreeing with Republican former House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan that Social Security should be privatized.

“It’s simply a lie, that video is a lie,” Biden said. “I’m looking for his campaign to come forward and disown it but they haven’t done it yet.”

After Biden’s comments, his campaign said the candidate was referring to recent claims by Sanders that Biden has proposed cutting Social Security in the past.

The Sanders campaign has pointed to a speech Biden gave to the Brookings Institution think tank in 2018, when Biden said of Ryan’s plan to reform the tax code: “Paul Ryan was correct when he did the tax code. What’s the first thing he decided we had to after? Social Security and Medicare.”

The Sanders campaign first quoted Biden from this speech in a recent newsletter.

What seems clear from a video of the speech is that Biden was actually mocking Ryan for the proposal.

He leans into the microphone and says in a deep, menacing stage whisper: “Social Security and Medicare.”

Biden then goes on to say – in remarks not disseminated by the Sanders campaign – that the tax code needs to be reformed so enough revenue is raised to save Social Security and Medicare.

PolitiFact rated the Sanders newsletter as false.

Biden is locked in a tight, four-way race in Iowa, according to opinion polls, with Sanders, a U.S. senator, Elizabeth Warren, a fellow U.S. senator and liberal, and Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Iowa on Feb. 3 kicks off the party’s nominating contest to pick a candidate to take on Republican President Donald Trump in November.

Reuters contributed to this report.

via thefederalistpapers

Recent Comments

  1. Kim Shann

    January 19, 2020 @ 3:45 pm

    Go away, both Biden and Sanders! All Dems are lying!!

    • travis

      January 19, 2020 @ 4:51 pm


    • Robert G bird

      January 20, 2020 @ 4:18 am

      Lets all pray that the impeachment fails. The dems wasted enough tax payers money to try and justify their hate, bigotry, and inmaturity. On this hoax instead of doing their job

  2. Alan

    January 19, 2020 @ 4:22 pm

    Sanders should be the least of Biden’s concerns. Joe stay focused on your quid pro quo and your son Hunter’s scam of a job in the Ukraine. That will be your downfall. But don’t give up now, you could win the nomination and probably will as the elite Democratic Congressional pals are using the Hilary’s playbook to steal yet another nomination from Bernie. You will lose, Bernie will move to Russia and Warren can go back to the reservation.

  3. DiamonDuchess Penn

    January 19, 2020 @ 4:28 pm

    Every Democrat on that stage was and still is a crook who hates America & God! Lieberman was the last honest liberal that ran for President.

  4. James

    January 19, 2020 @ 4:39 pm

    Bernie And Biden take their money away and watch them cry. They have to much of the tax payers money

  5. Kay McCastle

    January 19, 2020 @ 5:23 pm

    Neither one of them are fit to be POTUS.
    SANDERS: How does a socialist who never worked a day in his life OWN three mansions? When is he going to redistribute HIS OWN WEALTH among the poor and the underemployed?

    BIDEN: His creepy, weird behaviors with little girls, teenage girls, and women are a real turn off. He comes across as being senile and there’s heavy baggage concerning the deals that he made with a corrupt Ukranian company concerning his son Hunter, who is of low character!!!

  6. Kerry Hansen

    January 20, 2020 @ 2:18 am

    I am loving it. For years the liberal democraps have put out all kinds of fake crap about Conservatives, but not they go after each other! LMAO

  7. FRED

    January 20, 2020 @ 1:48 pm

    Just like the quid pro quo you gave the ukraine right joe?? lololol -And they wonder why he’s called “hoof-in-mouth” lololol

  8. Rita Marie Koyoumjian

    January 20, 2020 @ 2:22 pm

    I’m from Delaware & I can tell you, Biden is “Filthy Dirty”! The textbook example of corruption! A 40 year Swamp Rat!
    As well as all the other 40 yr. Rats: Pelosi, Nadler, Waters! Without term limits, this is what you get!
    The President has term limits, why doesn’t the Congress or Senate?
    Because they want it that way, so corruption can run rampent. The
    FIRST step to “Drain the Swamp”, is term limits.

  9. Jeff

    January 21, 2020 @ 4:07 pm

    When your caught on video several times and aired on National TV saying something then denying it is a true lying political hack. Those who still support this type of scum is not American. They need to seek asylum in a socialist / communist country.

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