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 BidenBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Joe Biden should enact critical government reforms if he wins MORE implied Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Suburban moms are going to decide the 2020 election 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.

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“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.