Biden: Pandemic Crisis Provides Opportunity for ‘Institutional Changes’ in the US

By Patrick Goodenough | April 22, 2020 | 4:03am EDT
Democratic 2020 presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders last month. Sanders recently suspended his campaign and has endorsed Biden. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic 2020 presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders last month. Sanders recently suspended his campaign and has endorsed Biden. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Former Vice President Joe Biden was quoted on Tuesday night as saying the coronavirus crisis may provide the opportunity for broad “institutional changes” in the United States – “without us becoming a ‘socialist country,’ or any of that malarkey.”

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee declared himself to be “excited” at the prospect, adding, “We have a chance to really move the ball forward in the next three or four years.”

Biden made the remarks during a virtual fundraiser hosted by tech entrepreneur Will Hurley, according to a pool report.

Speaking via Zoom, Biden said the COVID-19 pandemic has got people thinking about the opportunities to “change the institutional drawbacks” in the country, in the context of education and “all the other things we talked about.”

The full quote, as provided in a pool report:

I believe, because, sort of, the blinders have been taken off, because of this COVID crisis, I think people are realizing, “My Lord. Look at what is possible. Look at the institutional changes we can make – without us becoming a ‘socialist country,’ or any of that malarkey – that we can make to provide the opportunities to change the institutional drawbacks ...” from education, all the way through to all the other things we talked about.

And if I sound like I’m excited, I am, because I really think, think about this, the United States – I am a student of history – the United States is one of the few countries in the world, whatever crisis they’re faced with, we’ve overcome it. And we’ve always come out stronger, better.

We have a chance to really move the ball forward in the next three or four years. But it’s going to take you all being engaged, and us, you having, and all the younger people in your areas, having the opportunity to participate.

Elsewhere in the call, Biden was quoted as touting a climate and infrastructure plan that would aim to create millions of new, well-paying jobs.

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