Joe Biden, in response to an exchange about how economic inequality factors into the current spread of coronavirus, said that while there are “legitimate concern about income inequality in America,” most Americans are “looking for results, not a revolution.”
Bernie Sanders followed up by saying that it is “not good enough not to be understanding how we got here and where we want to go into the future.”
The back-and-forth highlighted the key differences between the two candidates: Biden is proposing more traditional leadership, while Sanders is offering more wholesale change, even in the face of a crisis.
“People are looking for results, not a revolution. They want to deal with the results they need right now,” the former vice president said. “And we can do that by making sure that we make everybody whole who has been so badly hurt” by the economic implications of the coronavirus.
Biden pointed to people who have lost jobs, struggled to care for their children and were impacted by health care costs in the face of the coronavirus.
“We can make them whole,” Biden said. “Now.”
“That has nothing to do with the legitimate concern about income inequality in America. That’s real,” he said. “But that does not affect the need for us to act swiftly and very thoroughly and in concert with all the forces that we need to bring to bear to deal with the crisis now.”
Sanders responded by saying that “it goes without saying that as a nation we have to respond as forcefully as we can to the current crisis.”
“But,” Sanders added, “it is not good enough not to be understanding how we got here and where we want to go into the future.”
“In fact, it was my idea originally to make sure every person in this country is made whole as a result of this crisis,” the Vermont senator said. “God willing, this crisis is going to end. We’re going to have to develop an economy in which half of our people are not living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to put food on the table.”