Sanders criticizes Biden's voting record: 'People want somebody' who can make 'tough decisions in tough times'

Sanders criticizes Biden's voting record: 'People want somebody' who can make 'tough decisions in tough times'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Democrats cut deals to bolster support for relief bill Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE (I-Vt.) criticized former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE’s voting record, saying on Sunday that “people want somebody” who can make “tough decisions in tough times.”

During an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Sanders said  Biden did not “cast difficult votes” when he was a senator representing Delaware.  

“What I'm saying here is that people want somebody who has a history of standing up and making the tough decisions in tough times,” he said.

The Vermont senator cited Biden’s votes in support of the war in Iraq, the “homophobic” Defense of Marriage Act, which limited marriage to one man and one woman, and the Hyde Amendment, which prevented federal money from going to abortions.

But the Vermont progressive vowed he and Biden are committed to uniting the Democratic Party, no matter who wins the presidential nomination.

“And by the way I have said if Joe wins, I’ll be there for him to defeat Trump,” he said. “And he has said he will be there for me to defeat Trump.” 

As the 2020 race shifts to states where ballots will be cast on Tuesday, including Michigan, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceWarner: White House should 'keep open additional sanctions' against Saudi crown prince Rick Scott acknowledges Biden 'absolutely' won fair election Bill Gates: Goal of eliminating emissions by 2030 'completely unrealistic' MORE pointed out that the Obama administration’s backing of the 2009 auto bailout was important to the Great Lakes State.

“Well, the auto bailout was done by the Obama administration, it was a step forward,” Sanders said. “I think sometimes Joe is taking a little bit of credit as vice president for initiatives that were led by President Obama and by many members of the Congress.”

Biden currently leads the race after a strong showing on Super Tuesday, when Sanders won delegate-rich California.

Sanders who self-identifies as a democratic socialist is positioning himself to be the more progressive candidate to Biden, a moderate.