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Gloves Come Off: Beto Says U.S. Can Do ‘Far Better’ Than Biden

Beto O’Rourke’s harsh criticism of Joe Biden comes as he continues his gradual slide down in the polls.

By NTK Staff | 06.13.2019 @11:30am
Gloves Come Off: Beto Says U.S. Can Do ‘Far Better’ Than Biden

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) slammed former Vice President Joe Biden during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday.

In what could likely be described as the harshest outright criticism of Biden thus far in the primary, O’Rourke criticized the former veep for what O’Rourke described as Biden’s efforts to take the country backward.

“You cannot go back to the end of the Obama administration and think that that’s good enough,” O’Rourke said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “As much as a horror show as Trump has been … we had real problems before Donald Trump became president.”

“We cannot return to the past,” O’Rourke said, hitting the Obama administration over its failure to get “meaningful” gun control laws passed and over the amount of people it deported. “We cannot simply be about defeating Donald Trump.”

Several other candidates, most notably South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN), have offered more veiled criticisms of Biden, couched in generational phraseology like O’Rourke’s. But few have gone as far as the Texan did on Thursday.

O’Rourke specifically attacked Biden on the issues of abortion and the Iraq War:

Asked if Biden was a “return to the past” Thursday, O’Rourke answered affirmatively, hitting the former Delaware senator over the Hyde Amendment, his support for the Iraq War and other issues.

“He is,” O’Rourke said. “And that cannot be who we are going forward. We’ve got to be bigger. You’ve got to ask yourself where Joe Biden is on the issues that are most important to you. Did he support the war in Iraq that forever destabilized the Middle East? Did he really believe that women of lower incomes should be able to make their own decisions about their own body, to be able to afford health care in order to do that? He supported the Hyde Amendment; he now opposes the Hyde Amendment.”

“I’m not exactly sure what he believes or what he should apologize for. I only know that this country should be able to do far better,” O’Rourke said.

While O’Rourke’s direct attacks on Biden are notable, his slip-sliding down the polls is, too. O’Rourke polled as high as 12 percent in a national Quinnipiac poll in March, the month he entered the race. But since then, the Texan has fallen out of favor. Another national Quinnipiac poll released this week showed O’Rourke with just 3 percent support among Democratic primary voters.

O’Rourke’s decision to more aggressively go after Biden is clearly a calculated move to attract more media attention in an effort to improve his backsliding in the polls. But not all primary voters appreciate attacks on fellow Democrats. Time will tell if this Hail Mary strategy works for O’Rourke.

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