Dec 20, 2019

Biden on bipartisanship: If anyone has reason to be angry with Republicans, it's me

Former Vice President Joe Biden said at the Democratic debate on Thursday that he refuses to accept the notion that Democrats will never get to a place where they can cooperate with Republicans again, adding: "If anyone has reason to be angry with the Republicans and not want to cooperate, it's me."

Why it matters: Biden and his son have been targeted by Republicans as a defense of President Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into their activities in Ukraine. The former VP has been criticized by some on the left for reflecting fondly on his past cooperation with Republicans in Congress, but his message on Thursday night brought more nuance to the question of bipartisanship and said the country will be "dead" without it.

Go deeper: Biden says he's "embarrassed" by Lindsey Graham's defense of Trump

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Buttigieg says he wouldn't have wanted son to serve on board of Ukrainian company

Pete Buttigieg said in an interview with AP that he "would not have wanted to see" his son serve on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while he was fighting corruption in the country, but stressed that there has been no wrongdoing uncovered with respect to Joe or Hunter Biden's activities in Ukraine.

Why it matters: Republicans have used Hunter Biden's position on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma to rebut impeachment charges against President Trump, arguing that he had a legitimate reason to ask Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. Buttigieg called this a distraction from Trump's "spectacular misconduct," but said his administration would do everything it could to prevent "even the appearance" of a conflict of interest.

Go deeperArrowDec 31, 2019

Joe Biden says he won't testify in Trump impeachment trial

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Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted Saturday he wanted to clarify comments he made to The Des Moines Register that he would defy a subpoena to testify in President Trump's Senate impeachment trial. But he didn't make clear whether he would testify.

Why it matters: Biden told the news outlet his testimony would take all of the focus off Trump, allowing the president would be able to get away with violating the Constitution. This is a move straight out of Trump's career playbook, according to Biden.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Dec 29, 2019

Biden says he would consider choosing a Republican as running mate

Joe Biden at an Iowa campaign stop last week. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire Monday that he would consider choosing a Republican running mate if he wins the 2020 Democratic nomination, but that he "can't think of one right now," CNN reports.

What he's saying: "There are some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here’s the problem right now with the well-known ones: They’ve got to step up. You know what I mean?"

Go deeperArrowDec 30, 2019