Joe Biden could not catch a break at Wednesday night’s CNN presidential debate.
The former vice president was on the defensive for the majority of the debate, and his fellow candidates seem to be laser-focused on painting him as a politically incorrect, out of touch politician whose beliefs are not lockstep with the social justice warriors who have taken over the Democrat Party.
Speaking about women in the workplace on Thursday night, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) brought up past controversial comments made by Biden.
“I want to address Vice President Biden directly,” Gillibrand said. “When the Senate was debating middle class affordability for childcare, he wrote an oped … he believed that woman working outside the home would, quote, create the deterioration of families. He also said that women who were working outside the home were, quote, avoiding responsibility.”
She continued, “I just need to understand as a woman whose worked my entire career as the primary wage-earner, as the primary caregiver … I wonder [about] Vice President Biden’s analysis, [is my] serving in Congress resulting in the deterioration of the family?”
Turning to the former vice president, she added, “I just want to know what he meant when he said that.”
“That was a long time ago,” Biden responded, “and here’s what it was about: it would have given people making today 100,000 dollars a year a tax break for childcare. I did not want that. I wanted the childcare to go to people making less than 100,000 dollars [a year].”
He continued, “As a single father, who in fact raised three children for five years by myself, I have some idea of what it costs. I support making sure that every single solitary needing childcare get an 8000 dollar tax credit.”
Gillibrand was not satisfied.
“But, Mr. Vice President, you didn’t answer my question. What did you mean when you said a woman who works outside the home is resulting in, quote, the deterioration of family?” she asked.
Biden eventually responded, “In the very beginning, my deceased wife worked while we had children. My present wife has worked all the way through raising our children. The fact of the matter is the situation is one that I don’t know what’s happened. I wrote the Violence Against Women Act.”
The former vice president continued to tout his legislative history and then called out Gillibrand for apparently not being forthcoming. He said the senator has supported him in the past, but now is only turning on him for political gain.
“I don’t know what’s happened except that you’re now running for president,” he said.
The line was one of Biden’s few that got huge applause from the audience.
Sen. Kamala Harris, who clashed with Biden multiple times during the debate, was then asked to join the conversation.
Harris joined Gillibrand and piled on Biden by going after him for his past support of the Hyde Amendment.
“Do you know say that you have evolved?” she asked.
Biden responded, “The fact is the senator knows that’s not my position. Everybody on this stage who has been in the Congress and the Senate … has voted for the Hyde Amendment at some point.”
Biden had a terrible night on Thursday. On top of defending himself against Gillibrand, he also faced criticism from Harris for his healthcare plan and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) for his questionable history with criminal justice reform.
Biden’s future in the race may be in question right now, but what’s not in doubt is who enemy number one is for every other candidate.
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