Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said he was put off by Julian Castro’s attack on former Vice President Joe Biden during Thursday night’s debate, saying he “groaned” while watching the events unfold. During a particularly tense exchange between the candidates on health care, Castro accused Biden of contradicting himself and asked whether the former vice president’s memory was failing him.
“It was unnecessary,” Patrick told “CBS This Morning” on Friday. “There are differences in how the candidates view their policy choices and their policy proposals and that is all fare game, but it doesn’t have to be trivialized.” Castro since defended his comment, saying he wasn’t criticizing Biden’s memory or age but rather his health care plan.
Patrick, who now serves as a political contributor for CBS News, said that candidates should be able to voice their differences “the way we do in regular conversation with people we respect.”
“What we have to do is project a politics that says we don’t have to agree on everything before we work together on anything,” he said.
That sense of divisiveness is exactly what led Patrick to bow out of joining the packed 2020