Here’s the Deal

Politifact looked into one of the Sanders campaign big attacks on Biden, and the fact is it’s false. Joe’s rejected proposals by the 2012 Republican presidential ticket Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to cut Medicare and Social Security – he’s protected Social Security his whole career. These baseless attacks will only further divide Democrats and help Trump.


In January 2020, on TV and elsewhere, Bernie’s campaign attacked Joe’s record on Social Security and Medicare, claiming Biden sided with a Republican effort to cut Social Security.

“The Sanders campaign plucked out what Biden said about Ryan, but ignored the complete passage which showed that Biden wanted Social Security and Medicare protected, and to accomplish that goal would require making changes to the tax code. The thrust of his point about the tax code was that he was saying it does too much to help the uber rich.” – Politifact, 01/09/20

What Really Happened

The Sanders campaign cherry-picked what Biden said to best suit their interests, but here’s what Joe actually said when it comes to Republican efforts to cut Social Security:

“Now, I don’t know a whole lot of people in the top one-tenth of 1 percent or the top 1 percent who are relying on Social Security when they retire. I don’t know a lot of them. Maybe you guys do. So we need a pro-growth, progressive tax code that treats workers as job creators, as well, not just investors; that gets rid of unprotective loopholes like stepped-up basis; and it raises enough revenue to make sure that the Social Security and Medicare can stay, it still needs adjustments, but can stay; and pay for the things we all acknowledge will grow the country.”

The Bottomline: It’s False

Politifact sent Biden’s full speech to Marc Goldwein, senior vice president for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Marc Goldwein said:

“The 2018 speech is very clearly Biden saying the opposite of what the Sanders campaign is claiming. He’s saying that Paul Ryan is going to cut taxes so that he can complain about the deficit and demand a need to cut Social Security.”

Politfact rated the Sanders campaign assertions as false.

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