Joe Biden is going to have to explain many of his previous positions on issues to today’s far left Democrats, but this is a big one.
Back in 2006, when Biden was preparing for his failed 2008 run for president, Biden wanted to build a border fence.
He almost sounded like Trump.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Biden in 2006: U.S. Needs Border Fence to Stop ‘Tons’ of Drugs From Mexico
Speaking to a South Carolina rotary club in November 2006, then-Sen. Joe Biden (D., Del.) touted his support for the Secure Fence Act, a bill that authorized “700 miles of double-layered fence on the border through more than a billion dollars in appropriations,” CNN reported Friday. Biden made the comments in the run-up to his failed presidential bid in 2008.
“Folks, I voted for a fence, I voted, unlike most Democrats—and some of you won’t like it—I voted for 700 miles of fence,” Biden told the group. “But, let me tell you, we can build a fence 40 stories high—unless you change the dynamic in Mexico and—and you will not like this, and—punish American employers who knowingly violate the law when, in fact, they hire illegals. Unless you do those two things, all the rest is window dressing.”
“Now, I know I’m not supposed to say it that bluntly, but they’re the facts, they’re the facts,” Biden continued. “And so everything else we do is in between here. Everything else we do is at the margins. And the reason why I add that parenthetically, why I believe the fence is needed does not have anything to do with immigration as much as drugs.”
“And let me tell you something folks,” he added, “people are driving across that border with tons, tons, hear me, tons of everything from byproducts for methamphetamine to cocaine to heroin, and it’s all coming up through corrupt Mexico.”
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The Biden campaign, with help from liberal media, is already trying to spin this.
From the Huffington Post:
Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Biden’s campaign, defended the former vice president in a response to CNN, stating that the candidate believes secure borders can be achieved “without abandoning our values,” and that “we have to stop trying to scare people and instead have an immigration discussion based on facts.”
Biden’s campaign did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment…
Though Biden’s previous remarks may come as a surprise when juxtaposed with his staunch criticism of Trump’s stances on immigration, the Democrat wouldn’t be the first candidate to shift his positions over time.
As long as Biden is the Democratic front runner, he’ll be given a pass.