Maybe it was just past Joe Biden’s bedtime.
The septuagenarian 2020 candidate has been criticized in recent months for his tortoise-like pace out on the campaign trail, with President Trump even going so far as to brand the former VP “Sleepy Joe” on Twitter. These concerns over Biden’s age and mental fitness were on full display during Wednesday night’s democratic debate as well, as Joe looks positively vexed in explaining several critical speaking points.
On health care:
“We immediately are able to cover everybody who wants to get off of their insurance plan they don’t like, no matter what one it is, and buy into a Medicare option,” Biden said. “And they can buy the gold plan, and they’re not going to have to pay.” At this moment, rather than complete his explanation of his plan, he offered a verbal pause — “anyway” — and trailed off.
Then regarding opponent Cory Booker:
During a contentious exchange on crime legislation, Biden inadvertently predicted a Booker victory in 2020 before correcting himself, saying: “The fact is that the bills that the president, excuse me, the future president, that the senator is talking about are bills that were passed years ago and they were passed overwhelmingly.” Biden still appeared to have trouble with his words coming out of the gaffe, which drew a big laugh. His continued statement had several awkward phrases: “[The bills] that the senator is talking about are bills that were passed years ago and they were passed overwhelmingly. Since 2007, I, for example, tried to get the crack-powder-cocaine totally — disparity totally eliminated” (emphasis added).
And finally, embarrassingly, Biden flubbed his own closing statement.
Biden made the debate’s biggest gaffe by screwing up the contact information for his campaign’s text message service.
“If you agree with me, Go to Joe 3-0-3-3-0, thank you very much,” Biden said. A cyber-squatter quickly purchased “joe30330.com” after the flub, directing the URL to an unrelated page. Biden also messed by arguing that the United States can not handle another “eight years” of a Trump presidency. Trump can only serve for five more years after 2019.
The longtime Senator has consistently railed against claims that hid advanced age could be a detriment in the Oval Office, even suggesting that he would challenge President Trump to a pushup contest on a live debate stage should the opportunity arise.
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