Biden: Trump is 'ripping the soul out of this country'
Democratic presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in a new wide-ranging interview, criticizing the president’s tax plans, foreign policy moves and a slate of other policy priorities, saying Trump has ripped the “soul out of this country.”
Biden told CNBC’s John Harwood that Trump has “drastically weakened our standing around the world,” stating that America used to lead the world by “the power of our example.”
“This president is the most unusual politician I’ve ever worked with,” Biden said. “And he doesn’t seem to have any sense of who we are. He’s ripping the soul out of this country. He really is.”
Biden went on to say that it is clear that “Trump doesn’t want me to be the nominee.”
“There’s three things I’ve learned. I’ve learned Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRepublicans release newly declassified intelligence document on FBI source Steele Feehery: How Trump can turn the protests into parades dedicated to making America great again You may pay more at the pump, as OPEC+ cuts oil production MORE doesn’t want me to be president. That’s why he’s spending a lot of money on these bots trying to tell any lies about me. I’ve learned that Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea warns US to stay out of its affairs to ensure ‘smooth running’ of presidential election A crisis on the Korean peninsula reinforces the need for allies South Korea charging defectors over leaflets dropped in North MORE thinks I am a rabid dog, should be beaten to death with a stick, and he gets a love letter from Trump. And I learned that Donald Trump doesn’t want me to be the nominee,” Biden also said in the interview.
The former vice president also criticized the president over his 2017 tax cut, which he called “a disaster for the middle class” when asked about how he would convince Republican lawmakers to sign on to his tax and spending agenda if elected.
“I have always been at the view that the tax policy is not about punishing people. It’s about giving everybody a shot, giving everybody an equal prospect,” Biden said. “And so when I call for — for example, there’s overwhelming evidence now that the idea that the capital gains tax is promoting growth is just not the case. We should charge people the same tax for their capital gains as their tax rate is. And I think we should raise the tax rate back to, for example, I take it back to where it was before it was reduced,” Biden said, citing a 39.5 to 40 percent tax rate for capital gains income, which he said “could go higher.”
Biden also addressed his fellow Democratic presidential candidates and the debate within the party on health care policy. Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) have proposed “Medicare for All” programs, while Biden has endorsed building on the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.
Biden alleged that Sanders and Warren “are not being honest about how much” implementing Medicare for All would cost the American people.
“If you take a look at where the Democratic Party is and where the American people are, they’re not supporting Medicare for All. First of all, it’s going to take, [by] their own admission, four to 10 years for it to happen, number one. It’s going to cost between $30 trillion and $40 trillion over 10 years. It’s not realistic, going to raise taxes on middle-class people. It’s the exact opposite of the thing we have to do,” Biden said.
“I have a really bold plan. I’m taking what ObamaCare — adding a public option to it, meaning Medicare for people who want to buy into that, or if they’re already eligible for Medicaid, they automatically get enrolled. I’m further subsidizing the plans that exist under ObamaCare, so the largest deduction you’d have to pay for a copay would be $1,000 in a gold plan and you’re allowed to keep your insurance if you like it,” he continued.
Biden has remained the national front-runner among the slate of Democratic candidates running in 2020, but he has fallen behind Warren, Sanders and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) in some polls ahead of the key Iowa caucuses.
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