Biden: ‘No, I don’t support the Green New Deal’
During Tuesday night’s debate, Democratic nominee Joe Biden separated himself from the multitrillion-dollar Green New Deal, and by association, many on the far-left of his party.
“The Green New Deal is not my plan,” Biden said. “No, I don’t support the Green New Deal. I support the Biden plan I put forward, which is different than what Trump calls the Green New Deal.”
“Oh, you don’t, well that’s a big statement. That just means you lost the radical left,” Trump responded.
Biden released his plan this summer which is a $1.7 trillion plan that would include additional investments from the private sector as well as state and local governments. His plan is called the “Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution & Environmental Justice.” Biden has praised his plan as accomplishing much of what the Green New Deal would but for a fraction of the cost.
Long-time Trump confidant Kellyanne Conway tweeted Biden’s remarks and tagged New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) who has championed the Green New Deal. The progressive congresswoman fired back stating that she was aware of Biden’s alternative.
“This isn’t news, Kellyanne. Our differences are exactly why I joined Biden’s Climate Unity Task Force – so we could set aside our differences & figure out an aggressive climate plan to address the planetary crisis at our feet. Trump doesn’t even believe climate change is real,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Ocasio-Cortez also said that Republicans often use random numbers when trying to describe the cost of her Green New Deal.
“When Republicans talk about the Green New Deal being 100 trillion dollars, please know they‘re doing that Dr. Evil thing where they shout random, escalating numbers to sound ominous. See for yourself. It’s written so you don’t need a law degree to read,” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez.
The New York Democrat has endorsed Biden but first supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders who much closer aligns with her progressive policies for America.
During the debate on Tuesday, President Trump pointed out numerous times that Biden wouldn’t take a stand on certain issues because it would lose the support of the far-left. He challenged Biden to say “Law and Order” which Biden did not do. He also tried to get Biden to take a stand on court-packing. Biden also declined.
The fact that Biden chose to separate from the far-left of his party on one issue only, the Green New Deal, is certainly an interesting move.
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