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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 SandersBiden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports Biden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster MORE (I-Vt.) criticized former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil 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) WallaceFox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire Arkansas governor: Intelligence on state capitol protests 'not to the level that I'm bringing out the National Guard' Mulvaney: Earlier Trump controversies were 'policy differences' or 'stylistic,' but 'Wednesday was existential' 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.