From the Morning Memo:

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has struggled to break out of the pack in the crowded Democratic presidential field, took an aggressive swing at former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the second night of two debates this week.

Gillibrand grilled Biden on an op/ed he had written that suggested women with income would “create the deterioration of family.”

“Mr. Vice President, I respect you deeply. I respect you deeply,” Gillibrand said. “But those words are very specific. You said women working outside the home lead to the deterioration of family.”

Biden’s op/ed was more nuanced than Gillibrand described it in the debate. Biden wrote in 1981 that he was opposed to expanding a child care tax credit to higher income families. He did not write in that op/ed, but said the time, that he did “not care whether in a modern marriage you want the man or the woman to take that responsibility” for child care.

The broader problem? The rest of the debate stage was also piling on Biden, who’s perch at the top of the polls continued despite the sustained criticism of his long record of votes and public statements in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Kamala Harris once again directly criticized Biden over his record and two got into a confusing exchange of their health care policies.

But Gillibrand moment with Biden was also a return to what has been a key issue for her during her time in office. She tweeted on Tuesday evening that the first debate suffered from a lack of questions about reproductive rights, paid leave and child care.

“We need a president who will prioritize these issues—not treat them as an afterthought,” she posted.

The next night, Gillibrand (jokingly?) suggested she would cleanse the Oval Office with bleach after taking over for President Trump and, perhaps more seriously, pledged to begin a push to fight climate change on her first day as president.