Former Vice President Joe Biden demanded an apology Saturday from the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign for circulating what he called a “doctored” video misconstruing his record on Social Security.
Biden, a Democratic rival for the nomination, responded to a question from a woman who told him she received a call from a campaign questioning Biden’s position on Social Security and Medicare. He told an audience that “Bernie’s people” had circulated a video that falsely suggested he agreed in 2018 with then-House Speaker Paul Ryan’s position to dismantle the benefits.
“But it is simply a lie that video that is going around, and ask anybody in the press, it’s a flat lie. They’ve acknowledged that this is a doctored tape,” Biden said before pointing to a PolitiFact article outlining falsehoods from the Sanders campaign. “And I think it’s beneath and I’m looking for his campaign to come forward and disown it, but they haven’t done it yet.”NBC:
But, in all fairness, there is no evidence that the Sanders’ campaign altered any video. They did, however, send out an email that claimed, “Biden lauded Paul Ryan for proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare,” which Politifact discredited.
Below is a clip of the video in question. Joe Biden gave a speech at the Brookings Institution in April 2018. As Politifact pointed out, Biden mocked Ryan in the video; he did not agree with Ryan’s position on Medicare.
But, there’s Joe below in 2008 saying everything is on the table, including Social Security and Medicare.