Joe Biden Rejects the 'Moderate' Label, Calls for 'Fundamental Change'

By Susan Jones | November 12, 2019 | 7:32am EST
(Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/via Getty Images)
(Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/via Getty Images)

( - Joe Biden, sometimes cast as the "moderate" in the crowded field of Democrat presidential candidates, says it isn't so:

"My proposals on education, climate change, health care are as radical and change-driven enough as anybody else's plan -- anybody else's plan," Biden told a CNN-hosted town hall in Iowa on Monday night.

The difference is, I believe -- and I don't criticize the other people who don't agree with me. But the idea, we're talking about fundamental change in education; fundamental change in the way we deal with health care; fundamental change in the way we deal with the environment; fundamental change in the way we deal with the criminal justice system.

So there's nothing -- I love this thing about, well, Biden's the moderate. Tell me, if I had -- if tomorrow I was able to change the system like I'm calling, what do you think history will write? Was it moderate change? I don't think so. I don't think so.

And we can get it done. We can get it done. It will be hard as the devil. It may take more than four years for some of it, but we can get it done by driving it home to the American people and letting them know what we are for. Everybody knows who Donald Trump is. We got to let them know who we are -- who we are. We choose science over fiction. We choose hope over fear. We choose truth over lies...

Biden rejected the mantle of moderation while responding to a question about what change in American society makes him proudest:

"Well, there's a number of things I'm proud of," Biden said.

One, I think leading the fight to change the culture of how we treat women in America with the Violence Against Women Act. I'm proudest of doing that. It's about a cultural change. It's not just the act. I had great difficulty getting it passed. Even, I had opposition from women's groups initially because they thought it was going to take the focus off of choice and gender issues.

Another thing I'm incredibly proud of, every American president, Democratic president since Roosevelt has tried to come up with a comprehensive plan for health care. Well, Barack and I did it. Barack did it, but I helped a lot getting it done.

I also am very proud of the fact I was able to be the guy who sort of led the effort on the arms control agreement for nuclear weapons with Russia, which this guy is now blowing. So there's a lot of things that I've done that I'm very, very proud of.


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