Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders over the past couple of weeks has subtly teed off on former Vice President Joe Biden, criticizing him for his “middle ground” approach on climate change, trade policies and corporate donors.
And Biden hasn’t sat idly by. The former vice president has shunned some of Sanders’ key proposals, such as Medicare for all, and routinely pitched his more centrist approach as the more viable option.
While neither has mentioned the other’s name, the subtext has been clear. And later this month, the two will come face-to-face for the first time since both announced their respective bids for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The match-up between Sanders and Biden, who are topping most national polls, is just one of several intriguing storylines to look for as Democrats take the stage in Miami for the two-night event.
The lineup of the 20 candidates who will be in the first debates of the season was announced June 14.
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts,
former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington will be on Wednesday, June 26.