Expect a lot of infighting in the Democratic party after Wednesday night’s debates turned ugly on the Obama legacy. But, the candidates accomplished two things.
Number one, they told the American voters that they finally agree with them that the poor and the middle class suffered badly under Obama and Obamacare. The DNC won’t like this because although he was a terrible president, he was popular and they are banking on him drawing votes for the party.
He could break a lot of hearts if Obama endorses Biden, who was the only candidate not to trash his record. The other candidates want to tie Biden to Obama’s failures.
Democrats challenged former Vice President Joe Biden during CNN’s Democrat presidential debate on Wednesday, but in the process, they criticized former President Obama.
Democrats like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized Democrats for continuing to support the concept of private insurance.
“There’s this mythology that somehow all of these folks are in love with their insurance in America,” he said.
Obama’s former secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julian Castro criticized Obama’s former Department of Homeland Secretary, saying that his concern about decriminalizing crossing the border illegally was merely a “right-wing talking point.”
He also criticized the Obama administration for high rates of deportation of illegal immigrants, challenging Joe Biden for failing to intervene.
De Blasio also pressed Biden on why he did not advise Obama to slow deportation during the administration. “Did you say those deportations were a good idea or did you go to the president and say, ‘this is a mistake, we shouldn’t do it,’” he said. “Which one?”
Biden defended Obama for trying to pass comprehensive immigration reform but vowed that he would “absolutely not” resume similar deportation rates as the Obama administration.
Castro also joined the criticism of the Obama administration, suggesting that the former president had made mistakes in office.
“First of all, Mr. Vice President, it looks like one of us has learned the lessons of the past and one of us hasn’t,” he said to Biden.