Joe Biden attacked Bernie Sanders’ record on gun control — saying a 2015 South Carolina church shooting would not have happened if the Vermont senator didn’t block his solutions in the senate.
“Let’s talk about being progressive. Walking distance from here there’s Mother Emanuel Church where nine people were shot dead by a white supremacist,” the former veep said on the Charleston Democratic presidential debate stage Wednesday night.
“Bernie voted five times against the Brady Bill and wanted a waiting period of 12 hours,” Biden said to huge cheers from the crowd.
“I’m not saying he’s responsible but that man would not have been able to get that weapon with a waiting period had been what I suggested, until you are cleared.”
Both Biden and ex-Big Apple mayor Mike Bloomberg went after Sanders’ decision to block the Brady Bill in an attempt to derail his unstoppable White House bid.
Biden, 77, also attacked Sanders over an Atlantic report published last week detailing how he planned to primary against Barack Obama in 2011.
“He said we should primary the president and said he was weak and our administration was in fact not up to it. Progressive is getting things done and that’s what we got done,” Biden said.
The field came out swinging at the Vermont senator who is riding high off wins in Nevada, New Hampshire and a close race in Iowa with Pete Buttigieg.
He was unapologetic to Biden.
“I’m hearing my name mentioned a little bit tonight. I wonder why,” he said. “I’ll tell you what the American people want, Joe.”
“What the American people want are a lot of the issues we’ll be discussing tonight, issues I raised four years ago,” he said.
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