Sanders draws contrasts with Biden in Super Tuesday speech

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions MORE (I-Vt.) used his Super Tuesday speech in Vermont to draw sharp contrasts with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Biden to tap law professor who wants to 'end banking as we know it' as OCC chief: reports MORE after the moderate candidate won a litany of Southern state primaries.

Sanders, a progressive firebrand, said Biden’s centrism and vows to return the country to the politics of the Obama administration would be insufficient to defeat President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE in November. 

“You cannot beat Trump with the same old, same old kind of politics,” Sanders said in Vermont. “What we need is a new politics that brings working-class people into our political movement, which brings young people into our political movement and which in November will create the highest voter turnout in American political history.” 

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The remarks came after Biden went on a winning spree across the South, racking up victories in Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia as well as Minnesota and Massachusetts. The wins helped Biden take a delegate lead over Sanders, who has thus far won primaries in Vermont, Colorado and Utah. But Sanders is expected to perform well in Texas and win California, which hold the second-most and most delegates of the Super Tuesday states, respectively. 

Sanders swiped at Biden over a litany of past votes and comments, including his support of the Iraq War while he was in the Senate and remarks about cutting Social Security and other programs.

“We’re going to beat Trump because this will become a contrast in ideas. One of us in this race led the opposition to the war in Iraq. You’re looking at him. Another candidate voted for the war in Iraq. One of us has spent his entire life fighting against cuts in Social Security and wanting to expand Social Security. Another candidate has been on the floor of the Senate calling for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans' programs,” Sanders said, provoking boos regarding Biden’s record.

Sanders went on to slam Biden’s vote to approve the North American Free Trade Agreement, a trade deal that progressives have long railed against over what they say were insufficient protections for U.S. workers. The deal has been replaced by the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement.

Sanders’ broadside against Biden comes as the primary race largely evolves into a two-person race.

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Biden helped solidify his hold over the field’s centrist lane after former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThis week: Democrats face mounting headaches Klobuchar: 'It is evil to make it deliberately hard for people to vote' Democrats push to shield election workers from violent threats   MORE (D-Minn.) suspended their White House bids and endorsed the former vice president. Meanwhile, Sanders has maintained his loyal base and emerged as the sole viable progressive candidate as Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Senate Democrats seeking information from SPACs, questioning 'misaligned incentives' UN secretary-general blasts space tourism MORE (D-Mass.) lags in polling.

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergDemocrats face bleak outlook in Florida Without drastic changes, Democrats are on track to lose big in 2022 Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary MORE, another centrist, was also set to make a splash with hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of ad buys but will reportedly reassess his campaign after lackluster showings in several Super Tuesday primaries.

Amid the realignment, Sanders vowed to his supporters that he would prevail in the primary and ultimately take the White House later this year. 

“Tonight, I tell you with absolute confidence, we are going to win the Democratic nomination, and we are going to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of this country,” Sanders told a raucous crowd.