Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell was the first to go after former Vice President Joe Biden by bringing up his age during Thursday’s 2020 Democratic presidential debate.
The topic was about what the candidates would do to help people gain the skills needed to adapt to this “new world.” Swalwell replied by saying he would wipe student debt for teachers and work on modernizing schools.
He then talked about his childhood, mentioning Biden as a past presidential candidate.
“But Joe, I was 6 years old when a presidential candidate came to the California Democratic Convention and said, ‘It’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans,'” Swalwell said Thursday night. “That candidate was then Sen. Joe Biden.”
Biden is one of the candidates Democrats have been working toward defeating, although this has proven difficult without tarnishing former President Barack Obama’s legacy.
“It’s going to be challenging for progressives to attack that legacy,” Yvette Simpson from Democracy for America told Politico. “Because Obama not only is and was so popular, but people are very nostalgic for that time, particularly after a few years of Trump.”
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