Christie: 2020 Joe Biden ‘is now officially dead and buried’
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said on Sunday that 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden “is now officially dead and buried” after the president went to Capitol Hill in an attempt to break an impasse among Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a massive social spending package.
“It’s the death of 2020 Joe Biden. When he went to the Hill, 2020 Joe Biden is now officially dead and buried,” Christie said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“The guy who ran against the progressives, ran against Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, ran to be a uniter in this country, ran saying he was going to force compromise. And he went up to Capitol Hill, and he capitulated to the progressives, the liberals in his party.”
“And why should we be surprised? He couldn’t stand up to the Taliban. How could we expect him to stand up to AOC?” he added, referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), before “This Week” co-anchor Jonathan Karl called his comments a “partisan take.”
Christie’s comments come as Democratic House leadership last week failed to schedule a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill already passed by the Senate. Progressives have warned that they would tank the bill if the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package filled with Democratic priorities was not passed in tandem with the infrastructure bill.
However, moderate Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have stated that they do not approve of the reconciliation’s current price tag, and Manchin said he would favor a $1.5 trillion price tag instead.
Biden went to Capitol Hill on Friday to try to ease tensions between members in his party, though his efforts to unify Democrats were not successful.
The failure to bring the bipartisan infrastructure legislation for a vote proved to be a win for progressives, though in a “Dear Colleague” letter on Saturday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended the decision to stall the vote, saying “more time was needed to reach our goal of passing both bills, which we will.”
Pelosi also made it clear that the bipartisan bill would have to pass before Oct. 31.