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Sanders targets Biden in new video hours before debate

Sanders targets Biden in new video hours before debate
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report: Next steps in the Trump impeachment Sanders selling sweatshirts with his famous inauguration pose for charity MORE (I-Vt.) released a video slamming former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID MORE just hours before the two are set to meet at Tuesday night’s 2020 primary debate in Iowa.

Sanders appeared to broadcast his points of attack against Biden as the two compete at the top of most national and early state polls, continuing a weeks-long back-and-forth between the two 2020 front-runners that has focused largely on foreign policy.

The video features Sanders speechwriter David Sirota highlighting Sanders’s attacks on Biden for voting for the Iraq War while he was in the Senate, a criticism the campaign has heavily promoted following increased turmoil in Iran and the broader Middle East. 

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“Joe Biden voted and helped lead the effort for the war in Iraq, the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in the modern history of this country,” Sanders says in a CNN clip replayed in the video. 

Biden “not only helped Republicans pass the Iraq War resolution; he led the fight to help Republicans vote down Democratic amendments to limit that resolution,” Sirota adds. 

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The video goes on to slam Biden over his support for the “disastrous” North American Free Trade Agreement, which has been a top target for President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE and progressives alike. The video also bashes the former vice president’s past efforts to cut government spending for Social Security and support for a bankruptcy bill that, Sanders said, “caused enormous financial problems for working families.” 

Sanders and Biden are expected to tangle further at Tuesday night’s primary debate in Iowa as polls for the Hawkeye State, which holds the nation’s first nominating contest on Feb. 3, show them locked in a tight battle for the race’s lead along with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenStudent loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden's Interior Department temporarily blocks new drilling on public lands | Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone | Judge grants preliminary approval for 0M Flint water crisis settlement Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds Biden signs order to require masks on planes and public transportation Senators vet Buttigieg to run Transportation Department MORE.

Biden and Sanders increasingly began to feud after this month’s killing of Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top general. Biden maintained that he was best fit to guide American foreign policy because of his years serving on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and as vice president, leading Sanders to pounce on controversial calls such as Biden's Iraq War vote.