Joe Biden Says He'd Be The 'Most Progressive' President in History, Tells Bernie Sanders to 'Disown' Misogynistic Supporters

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said if he is elected he'd be the "most progressive president in history" and accused Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders of having "never gotten anything done" in his lengthy political career.

Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, the former vice president pushed back against host Chuck Todd for saying Sanders' biggest strength is his authenticity and that everyone "knows where he stands." Biden said the longtime senator has been promoting 'Medicare for all' and other health care reforms for decades but has accomplished nothing legislatively.

Biden also criticized Sanders for not disowning supporters who reportedly threatened Culinary Union officials after the union's leaders said a Sanders presidency would end Culinary health care. Sanders responded by questioning if they were truly his "supporters" and said the attacks were "not acceptable" -- but Biden said he must do more to call out misogynistic backers in his ranks.

"He's never gotten anything done. Look I'm not-he's a decent guy. But he's been talking about health care, 'Medicare for all,' universal health care, for 35 years. Nothing's happened," Biden said. "I helped pass Obamacare. I helped move it forward, I got the votes. I'm in a position where I take something and I promise you it will get done."

Biden said both Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's health care plans would require people in Nevada, where the next primary will take place, to give up "all private insurance." He said neither Sanders nor Warren can tell Americans "who can pay for" their sweeping proposals. "I mean come on, people are so tired of the lack of straightforwardness. I really believe you have to lay out why you're doing what you're doing and how you're going to get it done."

"The ideas that I have are big and bold. This idea that I'm not progressive -- if I get elected as president of the United States, with my position on health care and my position on global warming and my position on foreign policy ... this will go down as one of the most progressive administrations in American history."

Biden said he's up against "fanciful" $30 to $40 trillion Medicare for all proposals from Sanders and Warren which he said will never work out. "Part of being president is not just the idea you have, but can you get it done?"

He turned his attention toward recent attacks against the powerful Nevada Culinary Union, which were reportedly from supporters of the Sanders campaign. "He may not be responsible for it, but he has some accountability.

"You know me well enough to know if any of my supporters did that, I'd disown them. Flat disown them. The stuff that was said online, the way they threatened these two women who are leaders in that culinary union, it is outrageous, Just go online. The things they said, the vicious, malicious misogynistic things they said, the threats they put out," Biden continued.

"To say I'd disassociate is one thing. But I'd find out who the hell they are, if any of them worked for me, fire them, find out. See what's going on...I tell you what, so far I don't think it's sufficient just to say 'I disassociate myself.'"

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Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participate in the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 7, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Joe Raedle/Getty Images