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Bernie Sanders Just Picked Up His Most Important Supporter Yet

Vice President Biden praised Bernie Sanders on income inequality, and says Hillary is a newcomer to the fight.

Vice President Joe Biden had some glowing praise for Bernie Sanders on Monday, saying he’s doing a “heck of a job.”

“Bernie is speaking to a yearning that is deep and real. And he has credibility on it,” Biden said while speaking with chief political analyst Gloria Borger on CNN.

Biden was speaking on Bernie’s long track record on battling income inequality, an issue the Senator has made the central platform of his campaign. Biden echoed the Senator’s frustrations on this issue. “There used to be a basic bargain,” Biden said. “If you contributed to the profitability of an enterprise, you share in that profit, and that’s been broken. Productivity is up and wages are stagnant.”

“But Hillary’s talking about that as well,” Borger replied.

Borger tried to steer the conversation to Hillary three times in the course of one minute, but Biden would continue to go back to Bernie.

“It’s relatively new for Hillary to talk about that,” Biden said. “Hillary’s focus has been other things up to now, and that’s been Bernie’s — no one questions Bernie’s authenticity on those issues,” he said.

“And they question hers?” Berger said.

“I think they question everybody who hasn’t been talking about it all along.”

Clinton was once thought to be the guaranteed nominee for the Democratic Party, but as of this writing Hillary and Bernie are neck in neck in early voting states New Hampshire and Iowa. Clinton has been slowly bleeding momentum to Bernie, particularly among young voters, a demographic in which Bernie is leading in points by double digits.

Regarding Clinton, Biden also mentioned that “I never thought she was the prohibitive favorite. I don’t think she ever thought she was the prohibitive favorite.” He observed that “everything’s sort of coming down to Earth” for her.

Biden also refuted the rhetoric of Hillary’s new attack ads that attack Sanders’ gun control record, as the Vice President suggested that Sanders has sufficiently come around on the issue.

Though Biden has yet to make an official endorsement, he did meet with Bernie for an hour last October to discuss a campaign finance overhaul aimed at reducing money’s influence in the political process. He has yet to meet with Clinton since backing away from the race.

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Vice President Joe Biden offered effusive praise for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders Monday,…

Posted by CNN on Day o’ the Moon, January 11, 2016

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