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World Sanders raps Biden on Iraq vote in U.S. Democratic debate, Biden admits mistake

07:50  15 january  2020
07:50  15 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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By John Whitesides and Tim Reid. DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - U . S . Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders criticised rival Joe Biden ' s 2002 vote to authorize war in Iraq during a debate in Iowa on Tuesday, and Biden acknowledged he made "a mistake " in backing the invasion.

Biden said his Iraq war vote was a “big, big mistake ” but that he later sought to prevent a surge in troops. From Iran to North Korea to nuclear proliferation, foreign Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, said U . S . involvement should be limited, proposing

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At the first debate since a U.S. air strike killed an Iranian military commander, elevating foreign policy concerns, Sanders said he and Biden listened to the same arguments by President George W. Bush and top officials in his administration at the time "and I thought they were lying" and voted against the authorization.

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Bernie Sanders touted his record as the only candidate on stage during Thursday night' s Democratic debate who has opposed all of President Donald Sanders also took aim at former Vice President Joe Biden ' s support for the Iraq War, a record Biden attempted to obfuscate in the days leading up to

Mr. Biden ’ s allies argue that his vote was intended to support the strengthening of diplomatic efforts in the hopes of preventing military conflict. She emphasized his record and all he had done in the nearly two decades since they clashed on Iraq . “They fought very hard to get us on board and we fought

Biden, a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who touts his security credentials, voted in favor of the authorization.

"It was a mistake to trust that they weren't going to go to war," Biden said. "They said they were just going to get inspectors in. The world, in fact, voted to send inspectors in and they still went to war."

But Biden said that as President Barack Obama's vice president, he worked to bring troops back home. "It was a mistaken vote, but I think my record overall on everything we have done, I’m prepared to compare it to anybody’s on this stage,” he said.

The debate was the seventh in the race to find a November election challenger to President Donald Trump, and the last before Iowa's caucuses on Feb. 3, giving the contenders a final high-stakes chance to make their case to voters.

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The 2020 Democratic Party presidential debates have taken place among candidates in the campaign for the Democratic Party' s nomination for the president of the United States in the 2020 presidential

When so much was on the line, what the former vice president did when he was in the U . S . Senate was to help ensure war happened while trying to wash his hands of responsibility for it.

It comes as opinion polls in recent days show an extremely tight race among four candidates - Biden, Sanders, fellow U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana.

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Joining the four in the debate were U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and billionaire activist Tom Steyer.

With surveys showing a virtual tie in Iowa and a largely undecided electorate, all the candidates face mounting pressure to make an impression.

The debate stage was the least crowded since the debates began in June, with the Democratic National Committee's toughened polling and fundraising requirements to qualify eliminating other candidates.

The Iowa debate will be the first of four to be held in slightly more than a month as the first four states kick off the voting in February. The next debate will be Feb. 7 in New Hampshire, followed by debates on Feb. 19 in Nevada and Feb. 25 in South Carolina. (Reporting by John Whitesides and Tim Reid; Additional reporting by Michael Martina, Ginger Gibson and Amanda Becker; Editing by Soyoung Kim and Peter Cooney)

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