(CNSNews.com) – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pushed back on accusations that voting for him is a vote for socialism and communism, saying Monday that he is “no more a socialist or a communist” than President Donald Trump is.
During MSNBC’s town hall, a man from Florida who lives in Coral Gables said that Cuban American and Venezuelan voters there were being targeted with messages by the Trump campaign claiming that a vote for Biden was a vote for the radical left, socialism and communism. He asked what Biden can tell them to make them comfortable voting for him.
“I look like a socialist? Look, I'm the guy that ran against the socialist,” Biden said, referring to self-avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
“Remember I got in trouble with the whole campaign - 20-some candidates, Joe Biden was too centrist, too moderate, to straightforward. That was Joe Biden,” the former vice president said.
“I have taken on the very people that in fact we're worried about. I've taken on the Castros of the world. I've taken on the Putins of the world. I've taken on all these dictators. I haven't cozied up to them. I'm the guy that's been straightforward with them. I'm the guy that let them know it stops here. It stops with me. It stops with me as president,” he said.
“I am no more a socialist or a communist than Donald Trump is -- well, I won't say it. Anyway, so they need not worry. Just look at the record. There's not one single syllable that I've ever said that could lead you to believe that I was a socialist or a communist,” Biden said.