Biden clashes with Gillibrand: 'I don't know what happened except that you're now running for president'

Biden clashes with Gillibrand: 'I don't know what happened except that you're now running for president'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes Obama cautions 2020 hopefuls against going too far left MORE implied Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMaloney primary challenger calls on her to return, donate previous campaign donations from Trump Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee She Should Run launches initiative to expand number of women in political process MORE (D-N.Y.) was a political opportunist for questioning his commitment to women’s rights after she praised his record in the past.

Gillibrand took Biden to task for an op-ed he wrote years ago where Biden spoke about women in the workplace.

“What did you mean when you said when a woman works outside the home, it’s resulting in ‘the deterioration of family,’” Gillibrand said. “These are quotes. It was the title of the op-ed and that just causes concern for me because we know America’s women are working.”

Biden quickly pivoted by noting that Gillibrand praised his record on women’s issues in the past.


“You came to Syracuse University with me and said it was wonderful, I’m passionate about the concern making sure women are treated equally,” Biden said, recalling Gillibrand’s past praise of his record.

“I don’t know what’s happened except that you’re now running for president,” Biden said to loud applaud from the crowd.

Gillibrand appeared momentarily flummoxed as she tried to talk over the crowd, declaring, “Mr. Vice President, I respect you deeply, I respect you deeply, but those words are very specific. You said women working outside the home would lead to the deterioration of family” before she was cut off by the CNN moderator.

Biden defended his record by noting he wrote the Violence Against Women Act and played a prominent role in pushing equal-pay legislation for women.

“I support making sure that every single solitary person needing child care gets an $8,000 tax credit now,” he said.  

Biden also noted that his deceased wife, Neilia, worked after he had children with her and his current wife, Jill, worked while their children grew up.