VIDEO: Did Biden lose support after rejecting the Green New Deal?
- At the first 2020 presidential debate, Joe Biden said he does not support the Green New Deal.
- President Donald Trump said that statement would cost him voters on the “radical left.”
- Campus Reform asked college students whether or not this would change their vote in November.
At the first presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden distanced himself from the Green New Deal.
“The Green New Deal is not in my plan,” said Biden, although his campaign website, while outlining Biden's climate change policies, called the Green New Deal "a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face."
President Donald Trump said that Biden's statement of opposition to the Green New Deal would cost him voters.
"That's a big statement,” said Trump. “You just lost the radical left."
To see whether or not this statement would alter Biden’s base of supporters, Campus Reform talked to college-aged voters at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. All students said that climate change was an important factor to them in the upcoming election.
“We can’t really have a government or a political standing if we don’t even have a country to work with,” said one woman.
Most students were enthusiastic when asked their thoughts on the Green New Deal.
“It’s the best deal that we have so far,” said one man.
Another young lady exclaimed, “That was like the best plan ever, like why haven’t we implemented that already?”
However, not many were able to name specific parts of the plan they liked.
When asked about Biden’s recent rejection of the Green New Deal, students' responses varied on whether or not this would change their vote.
One student said it changed her mind about Biden “a little bit” because “nature is very important.”
The majority of students, however, said they still plan to vote for Biden.
“I find it really disheartening that he doesn’t want to support the Green New Deal, but I will still vote for him,” said one student.
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