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And here are issues on which Biden’s views are too moderate for his party:

 

 

1. Coal: Biden told voters in West Virginia in 2008 that he and then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) were in favor of “clean coal.” That was before the election, and before President Obama began taking regulatory steps designed to put the coal industry out of business. Most of the Democratic presidential candidates embrace the “Green New Deal,” which calls for removing coal — “clean” or otherwise” — and other fossil fuels from the American economy within 12 years.

 

2. Entitlement reform: Biden once proposed freezing or cutting entitlements like Medicare and Social Security. As recently as 2018, he supported means testing for Social Security. Democrats routinely run “Mediscare” campaigns against Republicans who propose even mild reforms to the nation’s entitlements, and the party’s young “progressives” — who now drive its policy agenda — question whether the federal government needs to balance its budget at all.

 

3. Trade: Biden was a staunch supporter of free trade agreements throughout his career. As Politico noted recently: “In the Senate, Biden voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA] and permanent normal trade relations with China. As then-President Barack Obama’s No. 2, he supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP].” The article also pointed out that Biden rarely mentions trade, and that his Democratic rivals are “itching” to attack his record on it.

 

 

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Former vice president Joe Biden faces an opponent possibly even more formidable than President Donald Trump: himself.

BY: Joel Pollock

 

In a half-century in Washington — spanning 36 years in the Senate and eight in the Obama administration — Biden has flip-flopped on most major issues. On other issues, his former positions are no longer viable within the Democratic Party.

 

Here is a list of Biden’s reversals:

 

1. AbortionBiden used to pride himself on a “middle of the road” approach, supporting the pro-choice movement but maintaining that Roe v. Wade went too far. He also supported the Hyde amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortion, and voted to ban partial-birth abortions. He even voted to allow states to overturn Roe. Recently, however, Biden reversed his position on the Hyde amendment, and condemned efforts by states like Alabama to overturn Roe.

 

2. Iraq War: Biden voted against the Gulf War in 1991, but voted in favor of the Iraq War in 2002. Like Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, Biden regretted that vote later. Rather than backing a U.S. troop “surge” — which ultimately worked — Biden’s proposed alternative for Iraq was to partition the country into separate religious enclaves.

 

3. Immigration: As recently as 2006, Biden told Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardballthat the U.S. should not grant “amnesty” to illegal aliens in the country, and that aspiring immigrants ought to be required to learn English. He also voted for a border fence — and told voters that he was proud of it. All of these positions are now broadly described as “racist” by Democrats, and Biden has revised his positions on amnesty (it is unclear where he stands on a border wall).

4. Women Biden has taken criticism from Anita Hill and other women about how he treated her during the 1991 confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Though he said privately at the time that he believed she was lying, he has now tried to make amends. Biden is also trying to change a pattern of behavior in which he touched, kissed, or sniffed women at public events — unacceptable conduct in the post-#MeToo era.

 

5. Desegregation: Early in his Senate career, Biden opposed “busing” to integrate schools. Biden also worked closely with Senators who opposed civil rights and delivered a eulogy for former segregationist Strom Thurmond. His initial comments on Barack Obama’s campaign were tinged with racial condescension. Later, as vice president, he warned black voters Republicans would “put y’all back in chains.” Now he is running as a uniter, casting Trump as a racist.

 

6. Guns. In 1986, Biden voted with the National Rifle Association (NRA) on a bill called the “Firearms Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA),” which the Second Amendment lobby calls“the law that saved gun rights” because it rolled back onerous regulations. As NBC News notes, Biden was key to the law’s passage. In the 1990s, however, Biden began backing aggressive gun control laws. (He still offers bizarre advice on the use of shotguns for self-defense).


7. Drugs: As Politico noted recently, Biden was one of the leaders of the war on drugs — which he now says went too far. His policies on crack led to racial disparities in sentencing; other legislation he pushed has made it harder to treat opioid addiction, or to report overdoses. The Free Beacon notes that Biden used to call marijuana a “gateway drug,” but shifted suddenly toward backing “decriminalization” — just days before a fundraiser with a pro-legalization donor.

 

8. Gay marriage: In 1996, Biden voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Later in 2012, he shifted positions, in effect forcing President Obama to do the same (though many suspected Obama already backed same-sex marriage despite his public opposition and support for a traditional Christian view.) Biden now says that the movement for transgender rights is the “civil rights issue of our time.”

 

 

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Hillary was the early rock star in 2008....

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His style is to set up a plan taking into account all the variables. Then to execute it with changes as the situation dictates, Such a pleasant and effective change over the Trump approach.

 

Remember, every single Democrat is projected to be able to beat Trump. 

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Where's Joe Biden?


He’s not scheduled to appear at the California Democratic Party convention, which kicks off on Friday, or the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame celebration a week later. Both of those gatherings will attract plenty of the 2020 Democrats.


He has so far held top-dollar fundraisers in Philadelphia, Beverly Hills, Nashville, and two in Florida.


Biden will be holding two major fundraisers in Boston on June 5, and two more in New York City on June 17.


I think he's taking time off to work with his team to come up with some policies that will sound pleasing to voters and prepare for the debate which will be held in late June.

 

Joe Biden in Columbia, SC....

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: Joe Biden is the front-runner by every measure

 

 

Way to early in the process IMO. I like Biden , I would certainly vote for him over Trump, but Sanders, Harris and Warren are impressive and gaining ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm pretty sure Russia interference had something to do with the polling Jim.
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@Richva wrote:

The other poll, which is quite telling, is that EVERY SINGLE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE is projected to be able to beat Trump when head to head polling is used. Now, we are way too far out for polls to do much more than direct the campaigns in where to spend resources but it is always fun to know they currently show Trump going down in flames no matter which of them runs against him. 

 

Kind of like those "which animal are you" polls people like to take. 


Are those the same "Pollsters" that predicted Hillary to win in a landslide?

 

 

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The other poll, which is quite telling, is that EVERY SINGLE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE is projected to be able to beat Trump when head to head polling is used. Now, we are way too far out for polls to do much more than direct the campaigns in where to spend resources but it is always fun to know they currently show Trump going down in flames no matter which of them runs against him. 

 

Kind of like those "which animal are you" polls people like to take. 

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He’s dominating in the polls, his fundraising is going gangbusters and he’s showing broad support from key political players in the early presidential states.

 

So where are the big energetic crowds, the lines around the block to get into Joe Biden’s events?

 

The question is no small matter in a party still recovering from a bitter 2016 defeat — a loss marked by a lack of enthusiasm for an establishment nominee in several critical states.

 

Attendance at the former vice president’s launch rally paled next to some of his rivals. In his first Iowa visit, he didn’t match the crowds that greeted Elizabeth Warren or even the less well-known Pete Buttigieg in their initial visits. So far, he’s kept his events to smaller venues where there’s little danger of empty seats.

 

In the eyes of Biden’s progressive critics — as well as President Donald Trump, who has publicly mocked him for it — the seeming lack of excitement or teeming masses at his events is a leading indicator of a lack of passion for his candidacy.

 

“I started to think the polls were wrong about Biden because it’s not what we’re seeing on the ground,” said Aimee Allison, founder and president of She the People, a national network devoted to promoting women of color.

 

“Inspiration is the X-factor and we’re waiting for the inspiration from Biden,” she said. “When the inspiration isn’t there, the turnout from the core of the Democratic base — women of color — isn’t there. And then we lose.”

 

To Biden’s campaign, attendance figures are a meaningless metric. Focusing on crowd size is Trump’s game, it says, an emphasis on style over substance that attempts to turn audience engagement into an argument about the 76-year-old Biden’s energy level.

 

Crowd size, after all, is an imperfect metric to measure a campaign’s vitality. While it can be a revealing indicator, it still lacks the scientific underpinning of polling or the fixed-dollar figures associated with fundraising. Nor does it account for the judgment of elected and influential Democrats across the country.

 

Read Much More: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/28/biden-energy-crisis-1345359

 

 

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