Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden pushed crime legislation in 1992 on the theme that it was aggressive in going after criminals. Directing his comments toward critics of the bill as too weak on crime, Biden specifically boasted of how frequently the bill would result in pursuing the death penalty.
Biden, then a senator from Delaware, characterized his bill during a May 14, 1992, speech on the Senate floor as legislation that would "do everything but hang people for jaywalking."
The resurfaced comments come at a time when Biden is facing backlash for his past positions and has even hinted at reversing his stance on supporting capital punishment.
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