Joe Biden -- who has placed his time as Barack Obama’s vice president at the center of his campaign -- struggled to answer Democratic foes who criticized Obama-era deportations of undocumented immigrants.
Biden was attacked by New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro -- who, like Biden, served in Obama’s administration.
“It looks like one of us has learned the lessons of the past and one of us hasn’t,” Castro said to Biden. “We need someone who actually has guts on this issue.”
De Blasio pressed Biden on whether he counseled Obama to halt the deportations.
“Did you say those deportations were a good idea or did you go to the president and say, this is a mistake, we shouldn’t do it?” de Blasio asked.
Biden said he wouldn’t talk publicly about the advice he gave Obama privately on the issue -- and that’s when Booker piled on.
“You can’t have it both ways,” Booker said. “You invoke President Obama more than anyone in this campaign; you can’t do it when it’s convenient and then dodge it when it’s not.”
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