A 19-year-old activist asked former Vice President Joe Biden how young voters can trust him to to prioritize their futures.
She asked: "Older generations have continued to fail our generation by repeatedly choosing money and power over our lives and our futures, so how we can trust you to put us — the future — over the wants of large corporations and wealthy individuals?"
Biden quickly responded: "Because I've never done it."
"I've never made that choice. My whole career. Simple. I mean, look, I got involved back in 1986. I introduced a climate change plan that was said to be a game changer. I've been involved in everything from making sure we go with back in the '90s, everything I've done has been done to take on the polluters and take on those who are, in fact, decimating our environment. I mean, it's been my career."
A little context: Earlier this year, before Biden released a climate plan, Biden faced criticism from progressives who argued the former vice president would not go far enough to combat climate change.
They were citing a Reuters report that quoted a Biden adviser who touted the need to find a "middle ground" approach as progressives push the Green New Deal.