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Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders face off in one-on-one debate.
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In what may be the final debate of the Democratic primary for 2020 election cycle, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders faced off in a CNN television studio.

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99 Comments on "Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders face off in one-on-one Democratic primary debate | USA TODAY"

  1. Brandon Zurvalec | March 16, 2020 at 9:47 AM | Reply

    Look, people are going to do whatever they want and I’m not expecting to change the world with a YouTube comment. But just a couple things for now:

    (1) To anybody taking it for granted that Joe Biden would beat Trump…sorry, he’d get his CLOCK CLEANED by Trump because too many people (myself included) have finally decided we want someone who actually represents us, instead of their big money donors, and we’re not settling for the “lesser of two evils” anymore. But Joe Biden thinks every voter is a baby-boomer or older so he misses this stuff.

    (2) Opinions aside, Joe Biden told at least two egregious lies last night: (a) when he repeatedly denied trying to cut social security, that goes against his decades-long record of, wouldn’t you know it, trying to cut social security!!! 🙂 Here’s just one of many on-point clips: (b) When Joe Biden claimed that the 2005 bankruptcy bill that he spearheaded didn’t make private student loans non-dischargeable, that was also a lie. I frankly don’t know what he’s even saying, here, but that was EXACTLY what the bill did and there’s just nothing else to say about it. Let me put it this way: this lie is literally so opposite of the truth that it would be like saying the First Amendment didn’t create free speech, the Bankruptcy Code didn’t create bankruptcy, etc. This man is just very comfortable lying.

    Folks, again, I have no illusions that I’m changing the world, here, but Bernie Sanders is by far the better candidate and the day this country wakes up and gives Progressive policies a chance, the American middle class will rise up again as it did during the FDR years (which, wouldn’t you know it, was the last time Progressive policies were mainstream in this country). But if the public keeps buying the for-profit media hype and enabling bought-and-paid-for corporate hacks like Joe Biden, the fate of the American middle class will continue to get worse indefinitely. I guarantee it.

    • superchitownhustler | April 9, 2020 at 6:39 PM | Reply

      @Brandon Zurvalec So you are okay with Trump winning? That’s just nuts. Not voting for Joe is voting for Trump. It’s Joe or Trump. Like it or not, that’s your choice.

    • Brandon Zurvalec | April 9, 2020 at 7:14 PM | Reply

      @superchitownhustler With all due respect, your argument misses the forest for the trees. We got Trump in the first place because the Democratic Party, knowing that tons of people are going to vote for their candidates no matter what, has been failing to represent regular Americans for decades now and in 2016, it finally caught up with them. As Noam Chomsky put it, “Donald Trump got elected because he promised the ‘hope’ and ‘change’ that Obama didn’t deliver.” If you want to play this endless game of “you MUST vote for so and so because the other major party candidate is even worse,” again, that’s your prerogative. But if the nation as a whole keeps doing this, the feckless Democratic Party will just keep doing whatever it wants (i.e. governing per the wishes of its big money donors while ignoring the will of regular Americans) and guess what: there will just be another Donald Trump sooner or later anyway.

    • superchitownhustler | April 9, 2020 at 11:08 PM | Reply

      @Brandon Zurvalec Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees. You didn’t get what you wanted so now (instead of taking the next best thing) you are going to bite off your nose to spite your face. Not me, I see those trees very plainly. There is no choice here. Four more years of Trump could destroy the planet if not just our Republic. God man WAKE UP!

    • Brandon Zurvalec | April 10, 2020 at 1:04 AM | Reply

      @superchitownhustler We’re not going to agree for now and I’m content to accept that. But I’ll just leave you with this: I’m not just focused on the here and now; I’m focused on the long-term. And without claiming to have all the answers, if America keeps going with your “lesser of two evils” approach, as it pretty much always has throughout my 41 years on the planet, the nation will continue going in a direction that is bad for all but the most privileged members of our society, again, as it has throughout my lifetime. I guarantee it.

    • superchitownhustler | April 10, 2020 at 9:16 AM | Reply

      @Brandon Zurvalec Bernie was never a feasible candidate. Go fight your windmills.

  2. Does anyone’s grandpa , go around touching and smelling young girls hair like Biden ??

  3. People went from caring about this…to just caring about living

  4. “I will pick a woman to be my vice president.”

    What a cheap, desperate ploy. Every woman everywhere should take offense to this statement. He is basically saying that he is choosing his VP based solely on their genitalia instead of their qualifications. And even if he did believe that it’s long overdue for a woman to “break the glass ceiling”, why did he decide to run for president in the first place? He could have refused to run and instead encouraged a woman to do so…


  5. “It’s not working for Italy and they have a single-payer system”
    Minutes later
    “Look at how great Italy is handling the virus!”

    • not a single payer system

    • @s valentin Not the point, Biden’s the one who said they have a single payer system and that it’s not working and then praised their handling of the Coronavirus

    • Biden lied about Italy’s single payer system saying “it doesn’t work”. Wrong, its rated the second best healthcare system in the world by the World Health Organization. Italy has the oldest population in Europe. Many of Italy’s deaths have been among people in their 80s, and 90s, a population known to be more susceptible to severe complications from the Corona virus. Italy had conducted a substantial number of tests — more than 42,000 as of March 7. Meanwhile the US struggles with test kits and is rated 37th as a healthcare system:

      US coronavirus testing problems: timeline of delays, errors

  6. Disgusting using woman as ploy we now know he picking his vp base on gender not qualification.

    • His remedial azz is JUST trying to stay relevant in Washington…he will ride clout real or made up like his lies about Mandela. He is as determined to bring the change WE NEED as racists are about equal rights, pay, freedoms and opportunities for non white males and women across the board to one degree or another and anyone/anything outside the “comfort” levels of severe sufferer’s of toxic masculinity and their cult like brainwashing.

    • Jeannette Sikes | March 17, 2020 at 9:43 AM | Reply

      And her color, just for the votes.

    • Monica Perez | March 17, 2020 at 5:36 PM | Reply

      @Smitty’s Sports and Politics Theres plenty of qualified women yes. But he is limiting himself. What if there exists a better candidate who is male? Is he just going to pass him up because he is a man? I am all for a women vp so long as your only priority isn’t to have a female VP.

    • Mathias Kanuck | March 17, 2020 at 9:21 PM | Reply

      Yupp….thats what they do

    • Lol these politicians just use women and minority as political leverage and people fall for it every time.

  7. Joe Biden coughing into his hand was edited out of news clips by CNN.

    • @titlewaveThe two old guys from the Muppets are the democrats best hope? Vote for gramps!

    • I’m sure that’s not the only goofy thing. Trump’s not going to let them do that during the real debate.

    • @Sky Racer vote Trump instead. Show the DNC

    • @Sky Racer you won’t hurt Biden unless you’re in swing state. Go on and pack your stuff and move to your closes swing state. Don’t worry. They have welfare in those state too.
      Let the DNC know your tired of their BS. Always putting up Democrats, you show them.

    • The Great King of Evil Ganondorf | March 17, 2020 at 1:09 PM | Reply

      This was uploaded by USA Today, dude.

  8. Revoltingmind | March 16, 2020 at 12:21 PM | Reply

    Biden playing the gender card… Disgusting.

  9. Hilary is gonna be around Biden like an alien face hugger

  10. Why is it so hard to find the full debate in this…???

    • The Great King of Evil Ganondorf | March 16, 2020 at 9:51 PM | Reply

      Repeatof2016 AllOverAgain Ok, if you’re a Democrat, why the hell are you hating on him? Shouldn’t everyone who is a Democrat unite against trump instead of getting involved in some petty squabbling over who’s a better candidate? Or if you are a Republican, why the hell are you watching a Democratic debate?

    • The Great King of Evil Ganondorf I think you’re a very confused individual. “Petty squabbling over who’s a better candidate”? What’s petty about that? It’s pretty important to make evident who’s the better candidate as it will be a definitive factor in whether Trump loses or not. Very bizarre comment.

    • @The Great King of Evil Ganondorf the dems had a chance to win with Bernie. They had it from 2016 and fucked it up twice now. Many of us aren’t democrats and would vote for Bernie. Bowing down to what morons have been cowed into believing is a “lesser evil” isn’t a victory. Its a defeat to an equally shitty, better disguised evil. If theg wanna manipulate the election, coverage and information to get their guy in and then assume we will “have to vote for him” because we should unite against Trump, the democrats can stay losing for the rest of time for all many of us care. Thats such a weak opinion…”shouldnt we unite after having the Democrats criminally steal the election because they think we HAVE to unite against Trump”…gross…

    • The Great King of Evil Ganondorf | March 17, 2020 at 1:08 PM | Reply

      Matt G I’m not a confused person. I think that if you don’t like a candidate, there should be a reason, like an unfair policy, or something similar. Pointing at the candidate and saying, “He’s a wimp!” is petty squabbling.

    • Because we are all running around with our pants down looking for toilet paper!!!

  11. Giovanni Godoy | March 16, 2020 at 12:44 PM | Reply

    Bernie or bust. CNN is pushing dementia down our throats

  12. Lazarus D. Richardson - Composer | March 16, 2020 at 12:55 PM | Reply

    Where’s the footage of the whole debate? Why are we only being spoon fed “select clips”?

  13. Disgusting Biden, a corrupt warmonger (MIC asset) who outsourced jobs to China. He has been crushing ordinary people since many many years.

  14. Biden looks like he is staring into the sun.


  16. Paid sick leave, paid leave, Medicare for all. We shouldn’t have to wait to see the holes in our society. Bernie’s policies would give what the citizens deserve. The elite reap the fruits of the working class labor. #Bernie2020

    • Mark Anderson | March 19, 2020 at 6:15 PM | Reply

      ​@lambeezy501 _”What does consumer demand have to do with the fact the labor is divided in our economic system?”_

      It is consumer demand that creates jobs by stimulating supply.

      _”People make money because of the “elites.””_

      This is evidently incorrect. People make money because the fruits of their labour are needed, the sources of which is consumer demand.

      _”The entrepreneurs employ the middle class.”_

      You seem to have a fundamental misunderstanding of our economic system. Entrepreneurs are nothing more than proximate entities. The true “employer,” if you will, is consumer demand. Without demand for their product/service, no entrepreneur is going to hire anyone out of the goodness of their hearts.

      _”Let’s be honest, if Bernie Sanders took control of the country and increased the taxes on billionaires(who already pay for 70% of federal income taxes!),…”_

      The percentage of total federal taxes billionaires pay is literally irrelevant. The problem the US has right now is that the billionaires are not being taxes appropriately. When the middle class pays a higher proportion of their income in taxes than the ultra-rich, you have a serious problem.

      _”they’d stop employing the middle class, pool their money, and the country would fall into a heavy recession.”_

      This is classic trickle down economics view that has no basis in reality. I’ve already addressed this previously, but it’s worth repeating. Any billionaire makes decisions to hire more people based on the demand they anticipate for the goods/services their companies produce/provide.

      Giving tax cuts to the rich does not lead to the kind of hiring you’re referring to. In fact, we saw this most recently after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (also referred to as the Trump Tax Cuts). Cutting taxes for the rich actually lead to stock buybacks more than anything else.

      _”Don’t call me a pleb, it’s you whose economically illiterate.”_

      I apologize if you felt insulted. But there’s nothing wrong in learning. I used to think like you once upon a time. But the more I looked into it, I realized what a failure trickle down economics is. It’s never worked, Daryl.

    • ​@Mark Anderson Hey man, I wrote out this huge comment with a response, but it deleted because my Google Chrome page shut down randomly. I know this seems like I’m just trying to get out of responding(I’ll admit I wasn’t nice with some points lol) but hey I appreciate the debate. Have a nice day man. I’m just way too lazy to type all that out again haha. Peace out

    • Mark Anderson | March 20, 2020 at 1:46 AM | Reply

      @lambeezy501 I’ll admit, it’s not a good look, but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. The bottom line is that your premise that the rich create jobs for the middle class is fundamentally flawed and has been shown to be untrue through history. I hope you realize that someday that the middle class is the power driving the economy, not the rich folks. Hence, the need to strengthen the middle class. Have a nice day, Daryl.

    • Quite easy to say Bernie will give free for all…But who’s going to pay? LOL…It looks and sounds like a ponzi scheme. Eventually we will be bankrupt after two years. The taxes even if it’s raised, will not be enough to cover, and will only make the government more powerful than it’s citizens. The government will then control the citizens and you will see that the holes in our society that you mentioned will be our rights taken away and we the citizens will be left to rot…

    • Mark Anderson | March 20, 2020 at 2:29 AM | Reply

      @Beewan Owen _”Quite easy to say Bernie will give free for all…But who’s going to pay?

      We already pay taxes to fund many public services. Things like free healthcare and free public higher education does means that they are free at the point of delivery, funded through taxes.

      _”LOL…It looks and sounds like a ponzi scheme. Eventually we will be bankrupt after two years.”_

      Not really a ponzi scheme. Other developed countries manage to provide their healthcare to their citizens as a right, at a lower cost relative to the US. When compared to the US, their people are healthier, happier, live longer lives and are more socioeconomically mobile.

      All these countries have not gone bankrupt. In fact, the US is on an unsustainable path for healthcare, paying twice the cost for poorer health outcomes.

      _”The taxes even if it’s raised, will not be enough to cover,..”_

      Actually, there’s plenty of room to raise taxes, especially on the rich, given how little they pay in taxes. As a proportion of their own income, the rich pay lower percentage of their income in taxes compared to the middle class.

      _”…and will only make the government more powerful than its citizens. The government will then control the citizens and you will see that the holes in our society that you mentioned will be our rights taken away and we the citizens will be left to rot…”_

      A government is accountable to its citizens. Currently, the US has a system where corporations have vastly more power than citizens. These corporations have hijacked our governments. Do you find this acceptable?

      Investing in healthcare and higher education for your middle class is actually putting more power in the middle class. Healthier, more educated people keep democracy alive by holding governments accountable so that they (the governments) work in the interest of the people and their rights. Surely, that’s a good thing, no?

  17. GlassSandwichTV | March 16, 2020 at 4:08 PM | Reply

    “Global pandemic” Isn’t that redundant to say? Just, pandemic would suffice because it means global epidemic.

  18. WHY is he committed to picking a “woman”? That automatically implies she would NOT be the best choice…lol so much pandering

    • carlindelco — No, it doesn’t. Biden said that there were several women qualified to be president. There is no such thing as “the best choice.” Among candidates Biden considers qualified, he will pick the one he believes to be the best. She may not be the same as the one you would choose.

    • @GH1618 NOPE when you predicate it it implies that they may NOT be the best or else just say ” the best” stop being a contrarian…..

    • ZechsMerquise73 | March 17, 2020 at 11:48 PM | Reply

      @L Smith I think he more wants to appeal to the alt-left. SJWs. He mentioned this before he got METOO’d.

      Or more like Me2.0’d considering there were no charges of substance brought up.

    • Best clips of all time | March 18, 2020 at 1:02 PM | Reply

      Woman are not the best choice haven’t you realized it

    • Of coure this was the PLAN from the beginning. Open your eyes America…She’s coming in to take the Glory form all this…Biden is only the front taking all the hits. When she steps in, you will all see that she’s there to pull the crowd, and try very hard to win this election. If they make it to the WH, Biden will only function for a year or two the most. She then will become the Presidnet as she always wanted… You should know who now…As Biden said…”There are women who can be President of the US now…” Yep it’s all a part of the plan, and Biden knows that very well…

  19. Brandon Tube | March 16, 2020 at 5:45 PM | Reply

    “Ill pick a woman for VP” AKA please women vote for me.

  20. If Biden wins, then congratulations to President Donald Trump on his second term.

    • But sanders is a jehadi bigot. Biden is far better.

    • Slab blab okay tell those people wanting sanders to win bc they want free healthcare which they can’t afford, tell it to those people who’s life is being affected by global warming by either the pollution or the rising sea levels, tell it to those people who can’t afford to send their children to college who just want the best for their child, that man they are hoping to win can give them a break from the cruel reality of life, do we really live in a world who would rather spend time calling a person a bigot than solving issues that should have been already solved years ago, however, of course condescending people get in the way 😒 do you wonder why other countries are better than us bc they already have what Bernie wants us to have

    • Geo Rodriguez | April 8, 2020 at 4:30 AM | Reply

      Donald Trump has no chance of beating Biden, Florida, Michigan, and Arizona will go blue this year in Biden’s favor.

    • Presidentialnurse2040 Futurenurse | April 30, 2020 at 10:40 AM | Reply

      Geo Rodriguez we can only pray.

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