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The Top 3 Digs Democrats Took at Biden in California

A number of Democrats took the opportunity to subtly jab at the Democratic front runner, who was half a continent away in Ohio.

By NTK Staff | 06.03.2019 @1:00pm
The Top 3 Digs Democrats Took at Biden in California

More than a dozen Democrats seeking the party’s presidential nomination converged in San Francisco this weekend for the California Democratic Party’s annual convention. Not often a top priority for presidential candidates, California moved its primary up from June to March next year, and its massive number of delegates are drawing candidates from far and wide.

But one notable Democrat was absent this weekend: the current frontrunner, Joe Biden. Instead of attending the event, Biden was in Ohio, speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s gala dinner in Ohio.

His absence gave fellow contenders an open opportunity to take shots, ranging from subtle to not-so-subtle, at the former vice president. A few criticized his absence, while others use his candidacy as an example of a backward-looking campaign. Here are the top digs, per The Hill:

1. Bernie Sanders criticizes “those who have chosen for whatever reason not to be in this room.”

“There is a debate among presidential candidates who have spoken to you here in this room and those who have chosen for whatever reason not to be in this room about the best way forward,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), referring to Biden’s absence.

“In my view, we will not defeat Donald Trump unless we bring excitement and energy into the campaign and unless we give millions of working people and young people a reason to vote and a reason to believe that politics is relevant to their lives. We cannot go back to the old ways. We have got to go forward with a new and progressive agenda,” Sanders told the crowd.

2. Elizabeth Warren says, “The time for small ideas is over.”

“Some Democrats in Washington believe the only changes we can get are tweaks and nudges. If they dream at all, they dream small,” she told delegates. “The time for small ideas is over.”

3. Pete Buttigieg says, “the riskiest thing we could do is try to hard to play it safe.”

“In these times, Democrats can no more keep the promise to take us back to the 2000s and the 1990s than conservatives can keep a promise to take us back to the 1950s. We can only look forward,” South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg said. “[Trump] wins if we look like defenders of the system. He wins if we look like more of the same. He wins if we look like Washington. So the riskiest thing we could do is try to hard to play it safe.”

Expect a lot more lines like these as the 2020 Democrats gear up for the first primary debate later this month.

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