Courtesy of CBS News:

Joe Biden for the first time on Saturday addressed criticism from Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign over the former vice president’s record on Social Security. Biden criticized the Sanders campaign for pushing a video he describes as “doctored” that appears to show Biden agreeing with former Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s stance on privatizing the program.

Speaking at a town hall in Indianola, Iowa, on Saturday, Biden fielded a question about his stance on Social Security from an audience member.

“Let’s get the record straight. I’m not gonna blame anybody, but, well let me just say the facts: There’s a little doctored video going around … put out by one of Bernie’s people … saying that I agreed with Paul Ryan, the former vice presidential candidate, about wanting to privatize Social Security,” Biden said.

“It is simply a lie, that video that is going around,” Biden also said. “And ask anybody in the press. It’s a flat lie. They’ve acknowledged that. This is a doctored tape. And I think it’s beneath him, and I’m looking for his campaign to come forward and disown it.”

Biden cited the fact-checkers over at Politifact as having determined that the video was a fraud.

Here is what Politifact had to say:

To understand Biden’s tone, you have to actually watch and listen to his words. The snippet of written text, which the Sanders’ campaign newsletter used, doesn’t relay Biden’s full point.

The Sanders campaign omits what Biden said next:

“Now, I don’t know a whole lot of people in the top one-tenth of 1 percent or the top 1 percent who are relying on Social Security when they retire. I don’t know a lot of them. Maybe you guys do. So we need a pro-growth, progressive tax code that treats workers as job creators, as well, not just investors; that gets rid of unprotective loopholes like stepped-up basis; and it raises enough revenue to make sure that the Social Security and Medicare can stay, it still needs adjustments, but can stay; and pay for the things we all acknowledge will grow the country.”

We sent Biden’s speech to Marc Goldwein, senior vice president for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

“The 2018 speech is very clearly Biden saying the opposite of what the Sanders campaign is claiming. He’s saying that Paul Ryan is going to cut taxes so that he can complain about the deficit and demand a need to cut Social Security.”

So no, Joe Biden has never been in favor of privatizing Social Security. 

There are plenty of things to criticize him about, so the Sanders campaign does not have to make up lies in order to take him on.