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“I was a little surprised at how much incoming there was about Barack, about the president,” Biden said.
“I’m proud of having served him. I’m proud of the job he did. I don’t think there’s anything he has to apologize for,” he said.
Biden also strongly defended the Obama administration’s record, while criticizing those who compared their policies on issues like immigration to Trump’s.
“He changed the dialogue, he changed the whole question, he changed what was going on. And the idea that somehow it’s comparable to what this guy is doing is absolutely bizarre,” Biden said comparing Obama to Trump.
The strong defense of Obama came after some Democratic candidates appeared to criticize a number of policies under the Obama administration on Wednesday night, including on deportations and his signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.
Though Obama remains broadly popular among Democrats some progressives have long argued for a new Democratic president willing to take bolder action.
The debate is most prominent over health care, where candidates like Sens. 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.) and 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.) are pushing for a more comprehensive “Medicare for All,” whereas Biden and other more centrist candidates are pushing to build on ObamaCare.
Obama’s record on deportations and immigration also came under fire during the forum at a time when Trump has come under intense criticism from Democrats over his “zero tolerance” policy.
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioProtesters splash red paint on NYC streets to symbolize blood De Blasio: Robert E Lee’s ‘name should be taken off everything in America, period’ House Democratic whip pushes back on calls to defund police: We need to focus on reform MORE questioned Biden on whether he thought the 3 million deportations under the Obama administration were a good idea.
While Biden said he would not share details about his private conversations with Obama, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) interjected, saying he couldn’t have it both ways.
“Mr. Vice President, you can’t have it both ways,” Booker said Wednesday. “You invoke President Obama more than anybody in this campaign. You can’t do it when it’s convenient and then dodge it when it’s not.”
Biden has made a concerted effort to tout his ties to the former president, who is seen as one of the most popular figures within the Democratic Party.
Booker defended his criticism on Thursday, saying that he was still immensely loyal to Obama.
“The reality is we have a situation right now where the president is doing things to this country that are perverting our very values and ideals, and talking about what our plans would be, different from the previous president; different from the current president, is not a bad thing,” Booker said.
“He [Obama] is our statesmen,” he said. “He ain’t perfect. Nobody’s ever pulled that off.”
Updated at 1:45 p.m.