Monday, 06 April, 2020


Democrat Biden Tacks Left, Backs Warren Bankruptcy Plan With Student Loan Relief

Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren Enlarge Image Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren AFP via Getty Images
Kristine Garrett | 24 March, 2020, 22:38

As the U.S.is under a national emergency for the coronavirus pandemic, Biden, 77, began Sunday night's Democratic presidential primary debate with a cough and a raspy voice.

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has endorsed former rival Elizabeth Warren's plan to reform consumer bankruptcy laws including allowing relief of student loan debt, incorporating proposals by the party's progressive wing into the moderate frontrunner's campaign.

Sanders says if he were president he would make sure no one has to pay for coronavirus testing or treatment. McMurtry said, "It's disappointing that older voters, the only real base Biden has, are condemning us younger generations to a world increasingly worsened by environmental, health and financial catastrophes". During a national emergency, treatment should be "all free, you don't have to pay for a thing", Biden said. "Although only by a slim margin, Bernie won MI against Hillary in 2016 so I hoped he'd at least do well enough to beat Biden - a candidate whose incompetence is transparent and political history is atrocious", said McMurtry.

On Sunday, Boston Herald columnist Adriana Cohen noted, "Sanders and Biden both septuagenarians clocking in at a combined 155 years, are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 due to their advanced age". Biden later said he also believes no one should have to pay. They said they were taking personal steps to stay healthy - avoiding crowds, washing hands and having their campaign staffs work from home. In addition to using hand sanitizer, Biden said he washes his hands "God know how many times a day with hot water and soap", and makes sure not to touch his face.

Biden recounted his experience as vice president in President Barack Obama's administration in dealing with the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) looks on during the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center on February 25, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina.

The leading Democratic candidates are facing off Sunday night in Washington in the 11th debate of the primary season.

The debate, originally scheduled for Phoenix, took place in a Washington studio with no audience, a move made to limit possible exposure to the virus - a sign of how deeply the campaign routine has been reshaped by the global pandemic. She and Sanders have been allies on the party's left wing, and many of his supporters called on her to back Sanders as he fights to revive his campaign after moderates coalesced around Biden.

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