WHAT SANDERS SAID IN JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH
Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president on Monday during a live event on Facebook with the two men appearing separately, but together, telling Biden “we need you in the White House.”
Sanders left Democratic primary last Wednesday and the endorsement was not a surprise.
“I’m asking every Democrat, I’m asking every independent, I’m asking a lot of Republicans to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse,” Sanders said.
In January, Sanders was saying something different about Biden in an interview with The Washington Post. He criticized Biden’s “weak” record and his “baggage.”
“It’s just a lot of baggage that Joe takes into a campaign, which isn’t going to create energy and excitement,” Sanders said. “He brings into this campaign a record which is so weak that it just cannot create the kind of excitement and energy that is going to be needed to defeat Donald Trump.”
“People are tired of the traditional types of campaigns in which candidates like Joe are running to wealthy people’s homes and raising large sums of money,” Sanders told The Washington Post in January.
And in March, Sanders was still harsh about Biden’s record:
“One of us in this race led the opposition to the war in Iraq. You’re looking at him. Another candidate voted for the war in Iraq,” Sanders said.
“One of us has spent his entire life fighting against cuts in Social Security, and wanting to expand Social Security. Another candidate has been on the floor of the Senate calling for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veteran’s programs,” he said.
“One of us led the opposition to disastrous trade agreements which cost us millions of good-paying jobs. That’s me. And another candidate voted for disastrous trade agreements.
“One of us stood up for consumers and said we will not support a disastrous bankruptcy bill. And another candidate represented the credit card companies and voted for that disastrous bill,” he concluded.