Sen. Bernie Sanders finally took off the gloves and leveled some criticism of a 2020 Democratic presidential rival.
On Friday, Sanders bashed former Vice President Joe Biden for claiming that Roe v. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion in every state in 1973, "went too far."
"On this issue Joe Biden has not been consistent and, in fact, has not had a good record. Two years after Roe v. Wade was decided Sen. Biden said this, and I quote: 'I don’t like the Supreme Court decision on abortion. I think it went too far. I don’t think that a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body,'" said a tweet from Sanders's verified Twitter account.
The Washington Examiner noted:
Biden's position on reproductive rights has changed, but he received flak earlier in the cycle for his prior support of the Hyde Amendment. The legislative provision bans federal funds being used for abortion unless it would save the mother's life or if the pregnancy arose from rape or incest.
Sanders' criticism comes as Biden regained his No. 1 status following last week's Super Tuesday election results.
The leading Democratic candidates have, up to now, been careful not to be too critical of each, choosing instead to focus their ire and attention on President Trump.
But with Biden's new status, it's possible Sanders feels like his second presidential bid in four years is once again slipping away so he's upping his game a bit. His campaign has also hit Biden over his record on Social Security and his support for the 1994 NAFTA agreement, which President Trump and Congress have now replaced with USMCA.