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In June of 2019 the most demographically and ideologically diverse set of candidates ever to run for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president assembled on a debate stage. They were asked, by a show of hands, to say if they supported taxpayer funded health care for illegal migrants. All raised their hands, though one, former Vice President Joe Biden, did so with a bit less gusto. It was a microcosm of Biden’s campaign, wholly progressive ideas, wrapped in a costume of moderation.
If you have watched discussions in the news over the past few weeks you have heard pundit after pundit say that President Biden’s problem, especially regarding his wildly expensive Build Back Better agenda, is that he ran as a moderate and is governing as a progressive.
It’s a great talking point, it’s also flatly not true.
In May of 2020 Biden told New York magazine that he wanted “an FDR-size presidency.” Earlier that year he said he would be the “most progressive president in history.”
So where did this myth come from that Biden ran for president as a moderate when