Biden a moderate? Well …

Shawn Fleetwood asks Federalist readers to be wary of the common argument that former Vice President Joe Biden is a moderate candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential race.

If you’ve been watching the coverage of the 2020 Democratic primary, the mainstream media would have you believe former vice president Joe Biden is a moderate in the race. That is simply not the case. In fact, it’s the exact opposite.

Although Biden stated to reporters back in April that “I’m an Obama-Biden Democrat, man. And I’m proud of it,” he’s moved far left of the Obama era and continues to do so on several key issues pertaining to everyday Americans. Biden’s progressive lurch to the left comes as he tries to keep in line with his fellow 2020 competitors, most notably Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. …

… During CNN’s seven-hour climate change town hall last week, Biden endorsed the idea of the Green New Deal, the $93 trillion proposal that aims to eliminate the use of all fossil fuels, ban “combustion-engine vehicles” and air travel, and claims to guarantee every American a job, even those who are “unable or unwilling to work.” When asked if the Green New Deal went too far, Biden gave an unequivocal “no,” even implying that the deal does not go “far enough” with specifics. …

… Biden’s leftward drift also applies to gun control, where at a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the former vice president said, “The idea that we don’t have elimination of assault-type weapons, magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them — it’s absolutely mindless. It’s no violation of the Second Amendment,” when asked about the recent mass shooting in Midland and Odessa, Texas.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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