Biden targets Sanders's gun votes in remarks near Las Vegas mass shooting

Biden targets Sanders's gun votes in remarks near Las Vegas mass shooting
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Democratic groups using Bloomberg money to launch M in Spanish language ads in Florida Harris faces pivotal moment with Supreme Court battle MORE during a speech in Las Vegas on Saturday took a veiled swipe at fellow 2020 White House hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOutrage erupts over Breonna Taylor grand jury ruling Dimon: Wealth tax 'almost impossible to do' Grand jury charges no officers in Breonna Taylor death MORE’s (I-Vt.) vote to exempt gun manufacturers from liability for shootings.

“When I’m the president, we’ll take [gun manufacturers] on, remove the immunity and allow those parents who are trying now to sue for the pain and mayhem they have caused,” Biden said at a county Democratic Party dinner less than a mile from the site of the deadliest shooting by a lone gunman in U.S. history in 2017, The Associated Press reported.

Biden did not reference Sanders by name in his comments on the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, saying only “some of the people running for office voted for that exemption.”

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“Ladies and gentlemen that immunity was granted. Granted. And it was a horrible, horrible decision,” Biden added.

Sanders voted for the law as a representative, but in January 2016 said he would sponsor a bill to repeal it.

Biden also touted his health-care proposals, again taking a dig at rivals to his left in the race by saying “I can actually get my plan passed.”

Sanders’s and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDimon: Wealth tax 'almost impossible to do' CNN's Don Lemon: 'Blow up the entire system' remark taken out of context Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court MORE’s (D-Mass.) “Medicare for All” proposals became a major flashpoint ahead of the Nevada caucuses when the state’s influential Culinary Union claimed in flyers that such a plan would eliminate members' benefits.

At the same event, Sanders himself took the stage, training much of his own fire on former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergDemocratic groups using Bloomberg money to launch M in Spanish language ads in Florida Bloomberg pays fines for 32,000 felons in Florida so they can vote Top Democratic super PAC launches Florida ad blitz after Bloomberg donation MORE, who will not be formally competing until Super Tuesday but has launched a blitz of TV advertising using his personal wealth.

“The simple truth is that Mayor Bloomberg, with all his money, will not create the kind of excitement and energy we need to have the voter turnout we must have to defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE,” Sanders said, criticizing Bloomberg’s history of support of “racist policies like stop and frisk” and opposition to minimum wage increases and tax hikes on the wealthy.