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Audience boos Sanders over remark about Biden's 'terrible trade agreements'

Audience boos Sanders over remark about Biden's 'terrible trade agreements'
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The audience at Tuesday night's Democratic debate booed in response to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Biden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressives 'shouldn't lose sight' of struggling Americans during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) when he criticized former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE's votes on trade and the Iraq War.

Sanders was responding to Biden for hitting him over his record on guns earlier in his career. Sanders invoked Biden's votes on other issues.

“Joe has voted for terrible trade agreements,” Sanders said to boos from the audience. He also invoked Biden’s support for the Iraq War.

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Sanders explained that those had been "bad votes" and that he too had cast bad votes earlier in his career against the Brady Bill and the assault weapons ban. But Sanders said he now had a "D-" rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful gun lobby.

Later in the debate, Sanders credited former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg for his work on gun safety and said “aggressive” action was necessary on the issue.

“The American people now understand that we must be aggressive on gun safety, not be dictated to by the NRA and I am proud that I have a D-minus rating from the NRA. If elected, it will get worse than that," he said.