CNN anchor John King ripped former vice president Joe Biden Monday for being dishonest about his reversal on accepting money from super PACs.
Biden claimed to reporters on Sunday he did not change his opinion on accepting PAC money. King disputed Biden’s claim.
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“It’s just not true, and Joe Biden knows that,” King said. “He said repeatedly at the beginning of the campaign he didn’t want a super PAC, he wouldn’t have a super PAC, that that’s not where the party is anymore.”
“Why not just give an honest answer?” King asked, saying Biden could have told voters, “I’m not raising as much money as I need, so we’re going to go this route.”
Biden argued he did not reverse his position on accepting PAC money and said he had no control over the creation of a new super PAC intended to raise money for his campaign. But last week, the Biden campaign announced it would accept donations from super PACs and corporations despite previously rejecting such donations, drawing the condemnation of other candidates.
Biden’s announcement on PAC money followed the release of poor fundraising numbers that revealed his campaign’s cash on hand lagged far behind several rival Democratic candidates. Several of those rivals have pledged to forgo PAC money.
Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I., Vt.) campaign criticized the former vice president for being “unable to generate grassroots support” and “endorsing an effort to buy the primary through a super PAC that can rake in unlimited cash from billionaires and corporations.”
Former Texas representative Beto O’Rourke echoed Sanders’s criticism, saying, “There is no room for political action committees, or super PACs.”