Joe Biden’s gaffes front and center in new Donald Trump campaign video
Published 1:41 PM EDT Sep 17, 2019
The president’s re-election campaign has set its sights on former Vice President Joe Biden’s frequent slip-ups in a new video released Tuesday.
Donald Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted the video, which strings together clips of Biden’s verbal gaffes and political commentators questioning his ability to lead the nation.
The video shows Biden mixing up his words, confusing which state he was speaking in and on more than one occasion accidentally referring to fellow primary candidates as “the president.”
“Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” Biden says in one clip, taken from a speech he gave in Iowa. He clarified that line, saying immediately, “Wealthy kids. Black kids. Asian kids. No, I really mean it. But think how we think about it.”
“They can do anything anybody else can do, given a shot,” Biden added.
In another clip, Biden trips up as he delivers closing remarks at the July round of Democratic presidential debates. Instead of naming his campaign website, he said “Go to Joe 30330.” He meant to direct viewers to text “Joe” to the number 30330, but his error quickly became a platform for jokesters who bought the domain Joe30330.com.
Democratic candidate New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is also featured saying after last week’s debate that “there’s a lot of people concerned about Joe Biden’s ability to carry the ball all the way across the end line without fumbling.”
Booker’s statement was in reference to a moment at the last debate when former Obama administration HUD Secretary Julián Castro accused Biden of forgetting what he had just said about his health care plan. Booker defended Castro, who was later heavily criticized and accused of ageism for partly mischaracterizing Biden’s plan.
Still, Booker’s comments represent concerns widely raised about Biden’s age, 76, and mental acuity.
He has come under scrutiny for piecing together multiple war hero stories and telling them as one. At the most recent debate, he answered a question on how to address the legacy of slavery by suggesting parents “have the record player on at night” for their children.
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Biden maintains that his flubs don’t impact his ability to execute weighty decision-making as president.
“Any gaffe that I have made — and I’ve made gaffes just like any politician I know has — have been not about a substantive issue,” Biden said in an interview with Stephen Colbert earlier this month.
Biden has also pointed to numerous errors 73-year-old Trump has made throughout his presidency.
“As long as they compare me to Donald Trump, it’s a good thing,” Biden said in an interview with the Des Moines Register. “I tell the truth. It’s a big difference.”
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Despite these moments, Biden remains the frontrunner in the Democratic primary race. He is currently polling at an average of 26.2%, according to poll aggregator RealClearPolitics, though Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been steadily gaining ground at 17%.
Though Democratic strategists don’t think Biden’s missteps will have much of an impact on voters, the Trump campaign sees a weak spot that can be exploited.
“The value for Trump could be with appealing to those voters who leaned towards (Trump) last time and making sure that they don’t see (Biden) as a legitimate alternative this time,” political analyst Tim Lindberg told USA TODAY in a previous interview.