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

Eloise Marshall
March 24, 2020

Only two candidates will be onstage for Sunday's Democratic primary debate: former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen.

Sanders said in Tuesday's debate that he's fully committed to helping Biden win if the former vice president is the Democratic nominee.

In a speech Wednesday where the Vermont senator was sad about his current position, Sanders listed the conversations he hoped to have with Biden during the debate, including medical debt, climate change and economic inequality.

"I've endorsed Elizabeth Warren's bankruptcy proposal, which ... allows for student debt to be relieved in bankruptcy and provides for a whole range of other issues", Biden said in a digital town hall in IL on Friday. During a national emergency, treatment should be "all free, you don't have to pay for a thing", Biden said.

"It's not working in Italy right now, and they have a single-payer system", Biden concluded to contrast his healthcare plan of building on the Obamacare program vs. going to a radical Medicare for All proposal. They said they were taking personal steps to stay healthy - avoiding crowds, washing hands and having their campaign staffs work from home.

"If you have the virus, that will be paid for", Sanders said. No one has to pay for hospitalization because of the crisis, period.

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Reproductive rights groups, however, have condemned the order, branding it a brazen bid to "roll back access to abortion care". Amy Acton said, "We can not allow the politics of things to get in the way of what we need to do in a state emergency".

Biden said his campaign staff was also working from home and that he was washing his hands "God knows how many times" per day and using hand sanitizer nearly as much.

Sanders and Joe Biden are addressing how they'd respond to the new virus during the first questions in Sunday's Democratic presidential debate.

Biden says every state needs to have at least 10 drive-thru testing locations and that the Defense Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency need to be making plans to set up additional hospital beds.

Biden recounted his experience as vice president in President Barack Obama's administration in dealing with the Ebola outbreak in 2014.

Sanders emerged as the frontrunner in the early primary contests, but Biden soon overtook him as the primary field narrowed and the race moved to more diverse states.

The leading Democratic candidates faced off Sunday night in Washington in the 11th debate of the primary season. The CNN-Univision debate was relocated from Arizona to Washington, D.C., and will not have an in-person audience due to coronavirus concerns. 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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