Bankruptcy Bill a Black Mark for Biden

Senator sides with credit companies over working class
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2008 5:49 PM CDT
A campaign staff member shows the latest button for Barack Obama and his running mate Joe Biden on the tarmac in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – A black mark on Joe Biden's resume dismisses any notion that the senator is populist, Jackson Williams writes in the Huffington Post. Of all former Democratic presidential hopefuls, Biden alone supported a 2005 bankruptcy bill that favors credit companies and makes it harder for the working class to declare bankruptcy.

Biden didn’t just vote for this bill, Williams notes: "He helped carry the water on it" and joined lawmakers in striking down amendments. Biden is a senator in Delaware, which is home to several credit companies, so he “obviously knows how his bread is buttered.” But Republicans won’t attack Biden on this one—the bill was their baby, and John McCain was particularly supportive.