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Kerry: Sanders is 'distorting' Biden's record over vote for Iraq war

Kerry: Sanders is 'distorting' Biden's record over vote for Iraq war
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Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryUN: Emission reduction plans 'fall far short' Climate change rears its ugly head, but Biden steps up to fight it Recapturing the spirit of Bretton Woods MORE said Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Senators push for changes as chamber nears vote on .9T relief bill | Warren offers bill to create wealth tax Sanders vows to force vote on minimum wage No. 2 Senate Democrat shoots down overruling parliamentarian on minimum wage MORE (I-Vt.) is “distorting” his presidential primary opponent former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year MORE’s record over his vote in favor of the Iraq War. 

“I think Bernie is regrettably distorting Joe’s record,” Kerry, a Biden campaign surrogate, said Sunday on CBS “Face the Nation.” 

He added that Sanders “doesn’t have what Joe Biden has,” in terms of eight years on the national security council. 

Kerry continued that he knows “very well what Joe’s position” since he answered the same questions in 2003 and 2004, when he was running for president. 

“It was very clear that what we were doing was listening to a president that made a pledge, that he was going to do diplomacy, he was going to exhaust diplomacy build a coalition, and ultimately we learned, as Joe did and I did, that the intelligence was distorted,” Kerry said. 

“So Joe spoke out and criticized, Joe was against what they were doing,” he added.

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Kerry added that  the vote “was not a vote especially to go to war it was a vote for the president to have leverage with respect to getting Saddam Hussein back to the … inspections.” 

“I think we were let down, and Joe has said many times it was a mistake, obviously, to trust the words of the administration who didn't follow through on what they said they were going to do,” Kerry said. 

His remarks come after the Sanders campaign slammed Biden’s decision to vote for the Iraq War. 

Jeff Weaver, Senior advisor to the Sanders campaign, said in a statement that it is “appalling” that Biden “still refused to admit he was dead wrong on the Iraq War.” 

"Unlike 23 of his Senate colleagues who got it right, Biden made explicitly clear that he was voting for war, and even after the war started, he boasted that he didn’t regret it,” Weaver said in a statement late Saturday.