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 SandersNew campaign ad goes after Sanders by mentioning heart attack Biden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Steyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter MORE (I-Vt.) released a video slamming former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies 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 John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet 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 Ann WarrenBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — HHS has no plans to declare emergency over coronavirus | GOP senator calls for travel ban to stop outbreak | Warren releases plan to contain infectious diseases Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa Hill.TV's Krystal Ball: Failure to embrace Sanders as nominee would 'destroy' Democratic Party 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.