Blundering Biden ambushed by radicals in 2nd debate
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)
Apparently, the Democratic Party’s hard left turn during the Obama administration wasn’t hard enough, as all the remaining ultra-left presidential primary candidates ambushed the Democratic frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, during Wednesday night’s debate – essentially arguing that his policies on issues such as immigration, healthcare and the environment are not far enough to the left.
Right out of the starting blocks, the ultra-left field took aim at Biden – who s to try to chip away at his 10-point lead in the polls, and even though he appeared stronger and more argumentative, his less radical stance could hurt him, as his party continues to drift into deeper blue waters.
“Despite Biden’s strong performance and solid frontrunner status, it is clear that the party has seismically shifted away from the centrist Democratic Party of the 1990s, making his path to the nomination far from certain,” Fox News reported. “Under attack for being too moderate, Biden delivered a powerful response when asked how he can appeal to progressives in the Democratic Party, draw[ing] on his past success in winning elections and scoring major achievements in governing during his long career and emphasized his clear appeal to Midwest and working-class voters.”
Even though Biden communicated and responded better than at the first debate, he was still reported by Breibart as “fumbling and bumbling through the night,” being “cut off by anchors,” “pounded by peers” and “botching his closing badly.”
Let the attacks begin
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro – a 44-year-old Texas Latino who served under the Obama administration from 2014–2017 – tried to get the Hispanic vote by painting Biden as old school on immigration reform and closer to Republicans on borders issues.
Gary Bauer, president of American Values, tells OneNewsNow that the one thing that really stuck out to him occurred before Wednesday night's debate even started, when a microphone picked up Joe Biden saying to Senator Kamala Harris, "Go easy on me, kid."
"If Joe Biden is elected president of the United States, Putin will not go easy on him; Xi of China will not go easy on him; the dictator in North Korea will not go easy on him," says Bauer. "To me it raised questions again of whether the former vice president is up to the job of being president."
And Bauer disagrees with other pundits who said Wednesday night was good for Biden.
"As far as being sharp last night and being able to take advantage of some of the exchanges, I wasn't impressed [with Biden]," he shares. "When [Senators Bernie] Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are going to be on the platform with Joe Biden, I think he's going to find it a lot more difficult to handle their challenges compared to the candidates he had to deal with last night."
The next round of debates for the Democratic hopefuls will be held September 12-13 in Houston, Texas, and will be moderated by ABC News. To qualify, a candidate will need to have at least two percent support in three qualifying polls (released between June 28 and August 28); and provide evidence of at least 130,000 individual donations from a minimum of 400 different donors in at least 20 states.
Bauer fully expects the field of candidates will be a great deal smaller before that next round of debates. Barring unforeseen circumstances, he says, frontrunner Joe Biden will be in Houston – as will be obvious others.
"[Senator] Bernie Sanders and Senator [Elizabeth] Warren will both remain in the race and both be formidable opponents," he continues. "I assume [Senator] Kamala Harris, even though she did not do that well [in this second round of debates], will still be in the race. And Senator [Cory] Booker, I think, improved his standing – we'll see how much he goes up in the polls, but he's got a decent chance to remain in the competition."
And "the end of the road" for others, he expects, "[will include] some of the people we haven't heard much about and [whose names] really are not household words. The Governor of Montana [Steve Bullock], Congressman [Tim] Ryan from Ohio – I think a lot of those people are going to be gone."
“Joe Biden staked out a centrist position on immigration, defending criminal penalties for illegal border crossings – despite pressure from more liberal presidential candidates to treat those crossings as a civil matter,” Newsmax noted. “Julian Castro – the leader of the decriminalization faction – accused fellow Democrats like Biden of ‘taking the bait’ on Republican talking points.”
“Mr. Vice President, it looks like one of us has learned the lessons of the past and one of us hasn’t,” Castro said, regarding America’s immigration laws geared to arrest migrants who illegally cross the southern border.
Biden quickly shot back, noting how such a policy of not criminalizing migrants entering the United States illegally would create chaos and a flood of immigrants, while also pointing out that Castro didn’t share his innovative (yet problematic) approach to the border crisis while serving under Obama.
“Biden said Castro’s plan to decriminalize illegal border crossings ‘doesn’t make sense’ and argued that it would make it difficult to say no to any immigrant who wanted to avoid the delays in legal immigration,” Newsmax recounted. “And Biden suggested that Castro hadn’t made that argument when he was part of the Obama administration [saying], ‘I don’t remember him talking about any of this when he was secretary’ of Housing and Urban Development in the same Cabinet.’”
At another time in the debate, Biden stood his ground about enforcing immigration laws.
“The fact of the matter is, you should be able to, if you cross the border illegally, you should be able to be sent back,” the 76-year-old candidate insisted. “It’s a crime.”
Upholding the law used to be something Democrats rallied behind, but that’s no longer the case.
“In today’s Democratic party, that’s a wildly controversial, reactionary statement,” National Review Online remarked on Biden’s statement. “Trump will paint Biden as soft on illegal immigration; Biden will be able to say he stood up for immigration law enforcement when those around him didn’t want to hear it.”
Free healthcare anyone?
On the issue of healthcare, Biden had one candidate in his corner and willingly jumped into the fray himself after Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) took Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif) to task on her radical socialist healthcare plan.
“Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet took the baton from Rep. John Delaney to put the progressives' feet to the fire over Medicare for All in Round Two of the Democratic debates in Detroit,” Townhall informed. “Like Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Tuesday night, Sen. Kamala Harris defended the radical health care plan – only to have the more moderate Democrats onstage remind her it's not as moral as she thinks it is – nor as economical.”
Once Harris finished lauding her healthcare plan – which she flip-flopped on – Bennet tore into the California senator and insisted that she stop lying to Americans.
"You can't hide from the truth," the Colorado politician warned Harris.
Bennet expressed that he wants to give Americans a choice when shopping for coverage.
“If he becomes president, he [Bennet] intends to ‘finish the job we started with the Affordable Care Act with a public option" that gives families the option to pick either public or private insurance,” Townhall’s Cortney O’Brien pointed out. “Medicare for All doesn't give Americans the option, as its proponents have admitted. It would kick people off their private plans.”
Bennet then shared with the crowd something Harris purposely left out – that under her plan, employer-based insurance would become “illegal.”
"It doesn't make any sense for us to take healthcare away from half the people in this room and put huge taxes on everybody in this room," he insisted.
Harris was not happy with Bennet’s assessment of her plan.
“Harris disagreed with the conclusions,” O’Brien noted. “Her plan does not make anything ‘illegal.’ What it does do, she explained, is separate employers from healthcare. To put it another way, healthcare ‘will not be a function of where you work.’"
The feisty Democrat from California then borrowed Sanders’ and Warrens’ messaging from the previous night and accused Bennett of siding with Republicans on the issue and using their (conservative) talking points.
"We cannot keep with the Republican talking points on this," Harris bold Bennett. "You've got to stop."
Taking the whole exchange in, Biden anxiously inserted himself in the argument and took Bennet’s side to blow off some steam against Harris.
"This idea is a bunch of malarkey," he said about Harris’ plan – a plan that is also backed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Biden told the Detroit crowd that the estimated cost Americans is approximately $30 trillion and stressed that “there will be deductible.”
He then emphasized the exorbitant bill taxpayers would have to pay for “free” healthcare.
"I don't know what kind of math you do in New York or California, but that's a lot of money," Biden chuckled, while reminding those in attendance that Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare.
Getting hot over the climate
Climate change is another issue on which many Democrats now lean far to the left, and Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) was about the greenest candidate from the greenest state – the Evergreen State – to criticize Biden for not joining climate alarmists in their dire plea to pay for the $9-trillion-plus Green New Deal pushed by many radical Democrats as being necessary to save the planet from impending cataclysmic doom over the next 12 years.
Inslee argued that anything short of $9 trillion to supposedly stop so-called global warming – which Democrats insist is caused by human pollutants, even though many climate scientists point to sun activity as the agent that warms and cools the Earth in cycles – is writing mankind a death certificate.
“Inslee, 68, said the U.S. needs a bold plan to rapidly cut planet-warming greenhouse gases and that ‘middle ground solutions’ like the one former Vice President Joe Biden unveiled in May, ‘are not going to save us,’” the Huffington Post reported.
Inslee argued that Biden’s climate change budget – which reportedly is about half of the amount required for the Green New Deal – is irresponsible and playing with fire.
“Too little, too late is too dangerous,” Inslee contended from behind the podium.
Inslee’s plan – which experts say would actually cost more like $30 trillion to implement – would give a huge boost to the green industry … and would ultimately bankrupt the U.S. and other nations seeking to modify their economies to accommodate such radical measures.
“In May, Inslee’s campaign put out its first policy memo – a detailed plan to shutter all coal plants and generate 100 percent of the United States’ electricity from renewables in roughly a decade,” the Huffington Post’s Chris D’Angelo recalled. “Weeks later, he released the ‘Evergreen Economy Plan,’ a 15,000-word opus blueprinting how to direct $9 trillion to eliminate a huge chunk of U.S. emissions by 2030, create 8 million jobs and revitalize unions. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) – the most visible climate champion in Congress right now – dubbed the plan the ‘gold standard’ for a Green New Deal.”
Once AOC and her “Squad,” as well as other ultra-green Democrats heard Biden wasn’t committing to the $9 trillion price tag to implement unproven measures to slow down a questionable climate trend, many targeted him as not being the climate champion they envision for America.
“Biden came under fire from Green New Deal proponents after Reuters reported in May that he was eyeing a ‘middle ground’ climate policy that maintained a future for fossil fuels,” D’Angelo added. “Biden released the long-awaited plan weeks later, which includes the U.S. rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and investing $400 billion in clean energy research.”
But Biden insisted Wednesday night that his environmental plan doesn’t cut corners.
“There is no middle ground about my plan,” Biden impressed to Inslee.
Inslee insists than anything less than $9 trillion is skimping and just won’t cut it.
“Middle-ground solutions – like the Vice President has proposed – are not going to save us,” Inslee argued.
The CNN moderator worked herself into the fray to see if Biden was 100-percent on the green bandwagon.
“When CNN moderator Dana Bash asked Biden if there would be any room for fossil fuels like coal and natural gas in his energy agenda, the former vice president said he ‘would work it out,’” D’Angelou recounted from the exchange.
Biden assured that his environmental plan would cover all bases.
“We would make sure it is eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those – any fossil fuel,” the former Delaware senator vowed.
But this did not sit well with the Washington governor.
“We cannot ’work it out,’” Inslee retorted, spurring cheers from the audience. “The time is up. Our house is on fire. We have to stop using coal in 10 years, and we need a president to do it or it won’t get done. Get off coal. Save this country and the planet.”
Inslee then claimed that climate change is more than just an environmental issue.
“It is all the issues that we Democrats care about,” Inslee impressed. “It is health. It is national security. It is our economy.”
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