Joe Biden’s running as a bipartisan moderate, but he keeps flip-flopping on key policy issues to please the Democratic base

June 12, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he steps on stage before speaking during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden has made several policy reversals since launching his 2020 campaign, breaking with positions he has held for decades in some cases.
Biden has also attempted to establish himself as a moderate candidate with an appetite for bipartisanship that could return Washington to a bygone era of cooperation.
Other Democratic presidential candidates have leveled shots at Biden for bucking liberal litmus tests.
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is making a habit of reversing stances on key policy areas — even positions he has held for decades — since the launch of his presidential campaign in April.

Biden has repeatedly come under fire from fellow Democratic presidential candidates attempting to appeal to the party’s base. Because Biden is bucking litmus tests and trying to establish himself as the moderate choice for Democrats, he is inviting criticism from a voter base that is often times vicious against those who break with party orthodoxy.

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During a speech in Iowa Tuesday where he primarily focused on President Donald Trump, Biden declared China a major threat to the United States.

“We are in a competition with China. We need to get tough with China,” he said. “They are a serious challenge to us, and in some areas a real threat. And every single step that Donald Trump is taking is only exacerbating the challenge.”

“While Trump is tweeting, China is making massive investments in technologies of the future. While Trump is name-calling, China is building roads, bridges, and high-speed rail. While Trump is pursuing a damaging and erratic trade war, without any real strategy, China is positioning …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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