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Bernie Sanders apologizes to Biden for alleging him of big corruption problem

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernier Sanders, along with Elizabeth Warren, are presently the top three Democratic nominees who are trying their luck to fight it out against President Donald Trump. However, it looks like there are differences among the Democratic nominees. An op-ed by one of the substitutes of the Sanders campaign claimed Biden has a “big corruption problem.” The op-ed written by law professor Zephyr Teachout was published in The Guardian with the title “Middle-Class Joe Biden has a corruption problem - it makes him a weak candidate.”

The op-ed written by Teachout claims, “Biden has perfected the art of taking big contributions. Converting campaign contributions into legislative favors and policy positions isn’t being ‘moderate,’ but it is the kind of transactional politics Americans have disliked.” Teachout’s claims sparked a lot of criticism in the political circles, including Twitter. Sanders didn’t take much time to apologize Biden. “It is absolutely not my view that Joe is corrupt in any way. And I’m sorry that the op-ed appeared,” Bernie Sanders told CBS News. It is later known that Teachout doesn’t officially work on the Sanders campaign, she endorses him. This op-ed was released at a wrong time, as there were already tense moments building between Biden and Sanders. Over the last week and after the Democratic debate, Sanders and his team criticized Biden for his past remarks on Social Security funding. They have a video that shows Biden’s comments out of context agreeing with former Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan regarding the privatization of the program.

After the Sanders campaign team released the video, Biden accused Sanders of releasing doctored footage and asked him to apologize. Just before the New Hampshire rally on Sunday, Sanders gave his explanation to CBS News - “Joe is a decent person and a good friend of mine. People of the United States like him. And we’re not going to make personal attacks, but I think we share a different kind of history in Congress. I think it is important to know where a senator has come from and where his head is at. And I feel Joe’s stand on Social Security is a little different from mine.” Joe Biden took Twitter to thank Bernie Sanders for his remarks on Monday night. He posted:

“Thanks for acknowledging this, Bernie. These kinds of attacks have no place in this primary. Let’s all keep our focus on making Donald Trump a one-term president.”

 


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