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Biden hits back at Sanders's claim that Trump 'will eat his lunch'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE pushed back Sunday on Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Sanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' MORE’s (I-Vt.) claim that Biden’s record in the Senate would make him an easy target for President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE in a general election, according to CNN.

"If you are, if you're a Donald Trump and you got Biden having voted for the war in Iraq, Biden having voted for these terrible, in my view, trade agreements, Biden having voted for the bankruptcy bill. Trump will eat his lunch," Sanders said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times editorial board last week.

Asked about Sanders’s comment in Iowa, Biden responded, "Tell him come and I'll give him some dessert at the White House."

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Biden and Sanders, who have been two of the leading candidates in most polls of the Democratic candidates, have increasingly sparred as the field slowly tightens ahead of the Iowa caucuses. In the most recent Democratic debate, Biden asked Sanders to “put our hand down for a second” during an exchange over health care policy, with Sanders quipping, “I’m just waving to you, Joe, saying hello.”

Sanders went on to claim that Biden’s health care plan would keep the “status quo,” which Biden denied. Biden’s plan, in contrast to Sanders’s universal "Medicare for All" proposal, would create a public option similar to the one floated but ultimately left out of the Affordable Care Act.