Joe Biden Responds After Bernie Sanders Says Trump Will 'Eat His Lunch' Over Iraq War, Trade Votes

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders traded food-based barbs over who is more likely to defeat President Donald Trump in the November 2020 general election.

Speaking with the Los Angeles Times this past week, Sanders pushed back against the frequent claim he is "too far to the left" to defeat Trump should he win the Democratic Party's nomination in July. Sanders said the "only way" Democrats can beat Trump is through "unprecedented turnout," which his campaign will be able to accomplish by encouraging the vast majority of Americans who do not vote to show up on Election Day. Sanders said his appeal ranges from a "multiracial coalition" of voters to suburban Republican women who are tired of Trump's behavior.

Drawing contrast with his own "unprecedented campaign," Sanders said Biden running the "same old, same old" type of campaign, similar to that of Hillary Clinton's in 2016, is exactly what Team Trump is hoping for next year.

"[There are] people who run the same old, same old type of campaign. And you know, Joe Biden is a personal friend of mine, so I'm not here to, you know, to attack him," Sanders told the L.A. Times in an article published Thursday. "But my God, if you are, if you're a Donald Trump and you got Biden having voted for the war in Iraq, Biden having voted for these terrible, in my view, trade agreements, Biden having voted for the bankruptcy bill. Trump will eat his lunch."

Biden offered a wide smile and nodded before responding to a CBS News reporter telling him about Sanders' criticism inside an Iowa campaign venue.

"Senator Sanders says that with your vote in the Iraq War and trade that President Trump will 'eat your lunch' in the general election --will he eat your lunch?" the reporter asked Biden.

"Tell him to come and I'll give him some dessert at the White House," Biden relayed to Sanders with a laugh.

Both Sanders and Biden have the leeway to throw such jocular jabs at each other, as a wide range of head-to-head matchup polls show the two men perform best against Trump next November. Sanders and Biden each sit at least 4-5 points ahead of Trump in one-on-one general election scenarios. Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg barely even or sit only 1-2 percentage points ahead of Trump.

Sanders told the Los Angeles Times he understands Trump is going to be a "very, very strong candidate" for reelection in November 2020, but the president has outed himself as a "fraud and a liar."

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Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders traded food-based barbs over who is more likely to defeat President Donald Trump in the November 2020 general election. JUSTIN SULLIVAN / Staff/Getty Images