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 leads Trump by 6 points in national poll The Memo: Political world grapples with long coronavirus shutdown The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE during a speech in Las Vegas on Saturday took a veiled swipe at fellow 2020 White House hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Sanders still sees 'narrow path' to Democratic presidential nomination Tenants call on lawmakers to pass rent freezes 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.”


“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 WarrenDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Biden faces pesky enthusiasm challenge despite big primary numbers 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 BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response 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 TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says 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.