President Joe Biden, 79, has done little to shake doubts about his age and aptitude in the race for the White House from the time he entered the crowded primary to the final days of the election. Now commanding the Oval Office, Biden hasn’t fared much better.
Here’s a running list of Biden’s slip-ups that The Federalist has kept updated throughout the election, and will continue to keep updating throughout the administration.
Updated Jan. 4, 2022.
Biden Forgets What Year It Is
President Biden forgot what year it was in a White House address seeking to convey optimism at the start of the new year.
“There’s a lot of reason to be hopeful in 2020,” Biden said, at the start of 2022.
Joe Biden — January 4, 2022: "There's a lot of reason to be hopeful in 2020…" pic.twitter.com/Ipc3m1tz0g
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) January 4, 2022
Biden Mistakes Libya For Syria At G7 Summit
President Joe Biden mixed up Syria for Libya three times at the G7 Summit in England during June 13 remarks on Russian aggression in the Middle East where humanitarian aid is needed.
“In Libya, we should be opening up the passes to be able to go through and provide, provide food assistance and economic assist— I mean, vital assistance to a population that’s in real trouble,” Biden said, going on to charge Russia with violations of international norms in Syria, and then again referenced Libya.
WATCH: Biden thinks Syria is Libya. (Made mistake multiple times in G7 speech) pic.twitter.com/BSn1XKNs18
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) June 13, 2021
“As long as they’re there without the ability to bring about some order in the region, you can’t do that very well without providing for the basic economic needs of people,” Biden said. “So I’m hopeful that we can find an accommodation where we can save the lives of people in, for example, in Libya.”
Biden Gets Corrected At G7 Summit After Insisting On Introduction Of South Africa President
Biden was corrected by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7 Summit in England on June 13 when Biden interrupted the host leader to demand he introduce the president of South Africa, who had just been introduced.
“And the president of South Africa,” Biden cut into Johnson’s roundtable remarks.
“And the president of South Africa, as I said earlier on,” Johnson dismissed.
“Oh, you did,” a frail Biden said at the table while others laughed.
“I did, I certainly did,” Johnson finished.
Top story: @SkyNews: 'Boris Johnson insists to Joe Biden that he already introduced the president of South Africa to a G7 meeting.
— E N Brown (@SuperEB) June 14, 2021
Biden Confuses Titles Of World Leaders
President Joe Biden confused the titles of South Korean President Moon Jae-in on May 21, 2021, a day after the U.S. president referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “President Netanyahu.”
Biden made the remark about the South Korean president, calling the president “prime minister” while presenting a Medal of Honor to a 94-year-old Korean War veteran.
“The people in the Republic of Korea haven’t forgotten, as evidenced by the fact that the prime minister of Korea is here for this ceremony,” Biden said, according to the New York Post.
Biden confused Netanyahu’s title the day before in remarks celebrating the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Biden Can’t Remember Who His Secretary of Defense Is
Biden appeared to forget who his secretary of defense was during a White House event promoting two female generals on International Women’s Day, March 8.
“I want to thank the former general. I keep calling him general, but my… the guy who runs that outfit over there,” Biden said.
"I want to thank the former general. I keep calling him general, but my… the guy who runs that outfit over there."pic.twitter.com/yeOifCp8ct
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 8, 2021
President-Elect Joe Biden Names Kamala Harris ‘President-Elect’
President-Elect Joe Biden referred to his incoming vice president, Kamala Harris, as “president-elect” in Dec. 29 remarks on the COVID crisis.
Biden Talks in Gibberish During Michigan Rally
Biden rambled in gibberish at a Michigan rally three days before the election.
“Barack and I think it’s a right for people to have badakathcare,” Biden said.
Joe Biden: “Barack and I think it’s a right for people to have badakathcare.” pic.twitter.com/UqWELjSAMN
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) October 31, 2020
Biden Calls Kamala’s Husband ‘Kamala’s Wife’
On Oct. 26., Biden referred to his running mate’s husband as her “wife.”
“My wife, Jill, as you know, and Doug Emhoff, Kamala’s wife, were there,” Biden said speaking of Texas.
Joe Biden calls Sen. Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, “Kamala’s wife” pic.twitter.com/xUAwd4FySw
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 27, 2020
Biden Confuses Donald Trump with George W. Bush
During an Oct. 25 online event, Biden appeared to confuse President Trump with former President George W. Bush.
“This is the most consequential election in a long, long, long time. And the character of the country in my view is literally on the ballot,” Biden said. “What kind of country are we going to be? Four more years of George, uh, George, uh… Going to find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected, we’re going to be in a different world.”
Joe Biden confuses President Trump with George W. Bush: “because of who I’m running against…George, ah, George” pic.twitter.com/ujAni2Q7Gh
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 26, 2020
Biden Rambles Incoherently at Pennsylvania Rally
During an Oct. 24 rally, Biden illustrated another episode of incoherent speech.
“I’ll lead an effective strategy to mobilize trunalimunumaprzure,” Biden said, following the words with, “isolated punish China.”
BIDEN: “I’ll lead an effective strategy to mobilize trunalimunumaprzure.”
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) October 30, 2020
Biden Calls Himself a Senate Candidate
Biden called himself a candidate for the Senate during an Oct. 12 drive-in rally in Toledo, Ohio.
“We have to come together, that’s what I’m running,” Biden said. “I’m running as a proud Democrat for the Senate.”
Joe Biden: "I'm running as a proud Democrat for the Senate" pic.twitter.com/7LTFdJQMgF
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) October 12, 2020
Biden Forgets Name of 2012 Opponent
Biden appeared to forget the name of his 2012 opponent who now serves as the freshman senator from Utah, Mitt Romney.
“You may remember,” Biden said when telling reporters he was opposed to Senate Democrats taking aim at Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s faith, “I got in trouble when we were running against that senator who was a Mormon, the governor.”
Joe Biden is having a normal one, completely forgetting Mitt Romney's name.
"I got in trouble when we were running against that senator who was a Mormon, the governor."https://t.co/5afX0gv6tb
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) October 12, 2020
Biden Botches Pledge of Allegiance
During a Sept. 21 campaign stop in Wisconsin, Biden screwed up the words of the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I pledge allegiance to the United States of America, one nation, indivisible, under God, for real,” Biden said.
Here is the accurate text of the pledge:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Joe Biden completely botches the Pledge of Allegiance:
"I pledge allegiance to the United States of America, one nation, indivisible, under God, for real." pic.twitter.com/Gct4AEVWog
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 21, 2020
Biden Says 200 Million Have Died from COVID-19
During a Sept. 20 campaign speech in Philadelphia, the former vice president wrongly claimed 200 million had succumbed to the novel Wuhan coronavirus, apparently mistaking “million” for “thousand.”
“If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19 which are well beyond, what they should be, it’s estimated that 200 million people have died probably by the time I finish this talk,” Biden said.
At the time of the address, nearly 200,000 Americans had fallen from the virus and almost one million have passed away worldwide.
Biden Asks Staff to Use List to Call on Reporters for Him
Biden requested campaign staff to call on reporters for him during a rare Sept. 4 press conference from a supposed “list.”
“Are you calling on people?” Biden says to staff standing on the sidelines. “I don’t have a list, so you go ahead and call.”
Joe Biden asks staff to call on reporters because he doesn't "have his list" pic.twitter.com/c6m1zIM2V0
— Chris Martin (@chrisjdmartin) September 4, 2020
Biden Confuses Basic Facts on Portland Shooting
On Sept. 2., Biden misconstrued the facts of a recent shooting in Portland when an Antifa demonstrator shot and killed a member of a pro-Trump caravan parading through the city.
“I think what happened in Portland, where a, one of the Trump guys riding along in vans inciting response, shooting rubber bullets I guess, or paintballs, apparently there was someone shot by someone in the crowd, with a bullet, killed,” Biden said.
Joe Biden appears to be blaming Trump supporters for the execution of the Trump supporter in Portland. pic.twitter.com/WyhRSRyzIS
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) September 2, 2020
Biden Struggles to Get Through CNN Interview
Biden struggled to get through an Aug. 27 live interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and appeared to be reading from a script near the bottom of his screen.
Joe Biden is clearly reading from a script while struggling to get through this interview with Anderson Cooper pic.twitter.com/PsD7vBLIik
— Tristan Justice (@JusticeTristan) August 27, 2020
Staff Appears to Give Biden Script to Call Kamala Harris
Biden’s staff appeared to give Biden a script so he would know why he was calling California Sen. Kamala Harris when formally selecting her to run with him for vice president.
Biden Says Lawyers Are Seeing ‘Voter Registration Physicians’
During an MSNBC discussion on nationwide mail-in voting, Biden said his campaign attorneys were visiting with “voter registration physicians.”
Hey Joe Biden, what's a "voter registration physician?" pic.twitter.com/CE7iv4HqOi
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) July 20, 2020
Biden Misuses ‘Woke’
Biden doesn’t appear to understand the understand the word “woke,” the popular phrase characterizing one’s devoted commitment to social justice that has come to define the current political moment.
“Everybody’s been woked,” Biden said during a July 8 interview with ABC News, equivocating the term with an awakening. “Well guess what? The rest of the working-class people in America have been awakened.”
Biden Claims He Is ‘Constantly Tested’ for Cognitive Decline
Biden claimed he is “constantly tested” for cognitive decline amid growing concerns over his health and age when questioned about it during a June 30 press conference.
“Some have speculated that you are subject to some degree of cognitive decline,” one Fox News reporter said. “I’m 65. I don’t have the word recollection that I used to have. I forget my train of though from time to time. You got 12 years on me, sir. Have you been tested for some degree of cognitive decline?”
“I’ve been tested, and I’m constantly tested,” Biden asserted.
The Biden campaign however, declined Federalist requests for test results.
Biden Forgets the Name of the Defense Production Act
During an April 20 episode of Biden’s podcast “Here’s the Deal,” the former vice president forgot the name of the Defense Production Act, the Cold War-era law invoked by President Donald Trump to combat the Wuhan coronavirus.
Biden Keeps Forgetting Which State He’s In
Joe Biden forgot what state he was in. AGAIN.
He told an Iowan, in Iowa: “you are in the state of Ohio.”pic.twitter.com/GsVy7tEyy8
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) April 25, 2020
Joe Biden forgot what state he was in.pic.twitter.com/wJ9FEzi1AC
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) April 25, 2020
Biden Confuses Wife and Sister on Stage
While celebrating his Super Tuesday victories on stage in California, Biden mixed up his wife and sister on stage.
“By the way, this is my little sister Valerie!” Biden said as he grabbed his wife’s right hand. “And I’m Jill’s husband,” he added when reaching for his sister’s.
WATCH: Joe Biden confuses who his wife is and who his sister is during Super Tuesday speech. pic.twitter.com/79HyNCPnHB
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 4, 2020
Biden Forgets the Declaration of Independence
During a March 2 campaign stop in Texas, Biden appeared to forget the Declaration of Independence.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” Biden began. “All men and women created by- go- you know- you know the thing.”
The “thing” Biden was referring to of course, is the Declaration of Independence.
Here is the full line that Biden forgot:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
Joe Biden quoting the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: all men and women created by- go- you know- you know the thing.”
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) March 2, 2020
Biden Gets Excited for ‘Super Thursday’
In the same speech, Biden tried to get supporters excited for “Super Thursday” before correcting himself to “Tuesday.”
Super Tuesday, scheduled for March 3 is the biggest day of the Democratic primary where 16 states and territories will cast their votes in the Democratic contest consisting of more than a third of the total pledged delegates.
Joe Biden: "Tomorrow is Super Thursday."
Fact Check: Tomorrow is Super Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/0lWGlNE6kq
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 2, 2020
Biden Says He’s Running for the Senate
At the South Carolina Democratic Party’s First in the South Dinner on Feb. 24, Biden forgot which office he was running for.
“My name is Joe Biden. I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate,” Biden said, who is actually running for president. Prior to being sworn in as vice president in 2009, Biden served as a senator from Delaware for more than 30 years.
Joe Biden: "My name is Joe Biden. I'm a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate…if you don't like me, you can vote for the other Biden."
Joe Biden is running for… Senate? pic.twitter.com/7EcO3ajAOu
— Jessica O’Donnell (@heckyessica) February 25, 2020
Biden Says Bolivia Is Bordering Venezuela. It’s Not.
In a December meeting with the Des Moines Register, Biden stressed that millions of Venezuelans were fleeing for neighboring Bolivia. Bolivia however, is on the opposite side of the continent located south of Brazil, far from Venezuela in the north.
"Look what's going on in Venezuela right now…
Millions of people are crossing the border destabilizing Bolivia."
Bolivia does not share a border with Venezuela, the two are separated by 700 miles of the Amazon rainforest. pic.twitter.com/l6bOssZKmT
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 10, 2020
Here’s a map of South America with Venezuela and Bolivia both colored in red:
Biden likely meant to refer to Colombia, where the United Nations estimates more than 1.3 million Venezuelans have sought refuge from the collapsing socialist state in their home country.
Biden Forgets About Kamala Harris on Stage
During the Nov. 20 Democratic debate held in Atlanta, Georgia, Biden forgot about California Sen. Kamala Harris on stage and bragged about being endorsed by the only African American woman elected to the Senate.
“The other one is here!” Harris awkwardly chimed in.
Biden says only one African-American woman has been elected to the Senate.
Both Cory Booker and Kamala Harris fact check him immediately and humiliate him on live TV. pic.twitter.com/koTL47gazl
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) November 21, 2019
Harris is of mixed ancestry as the daughter of Jamaican and Indian parents.
Biden Mixes up Iowa for Ohio
At a fish-fry fundraiser on Nov. 2 hosted by Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Biden confused Iowa for Ohio when talking about infrastructure.
“How many unsafe bridges do you still have here in the state of Ohio?” Biden asked a group of Iowa voters. “I mean Iowa, and I was just in Ohio because they have more.”
This is a pattern with Joe Biden.
While in IOWA, Biden says he is in “OHIO.” pic.twitter.com/xqZoQwWwtY
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) November 2, 2019
Biden Claims to Have Gone to an HBCU. He Didn’t.
At an Oct. 26 South Carolina town hall, Biden claimed to have started out at Delaware State University, a historically black college in his home state as opposed to the University of Delaware where he actually went to school.
“I got started out at an HBCU, Delaware State. Now I don’t want to hear anything negative about Delaware State here. They’re my folks,” Biden said during a South Carolina town hall.
Biden Forgets the Name of Merrick Garland
In a Sept. 25 appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Biden stumbled when talking about the Supreme Court and seemed to have forgotten the name of the last Supreme Court nominee under President Barack Obama.
“Back when, when they were holding up before Trump got elected, they were holding up, uh, um, the nomination of the president put forward for the Supreme Court,” Biden rambled before Jimmy Kimmel jumped in to provide the name.
“Merrick Garland,” Kimmel interjected.
“Merrick Garland, a really fine man,” Biden said.
Joe Biden forgets Merrick Garland’s name, peace be upon him. pic.twitter.com/LqG7o81wc3
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 26, 2019
Biden Refers to Stop & Shop Strike as ‘Rite Aid Strike’
During a Sept. 17 speech at an AFL-CIO event in Philadelphia, Biden spoke about his April visit to Boston to address the Stop & Shop workers strike after contract negotiations broke down, prompting 30,000 workers to walk off their jobs for 11 days. Biden, however, called it the “Rite Aid strike.”
“When I went up to the — there was the Rite Aid strike. I looked out in that parking lot when I was talking with the folks, and I was walking a picket line up in Boston,” Biden said, according to the Boston Herald.
Rite Aid was founded in Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
‘Make Sure You Have the Record Player On at Night’
Responding to a question about his opposition to reparations for slavery during the third Democratic primary debate in September, Biden pivoted to discussing gaps in education and encouraged teachers and parents to “have the record player on at night.”
“They don’t — they don’t know quite what to do,” Biden said, referring to parents not knowing how to raise their children and then offered some advice. “Play the radio, make sure the television — excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night. … Make sure that kids hear words.”
Biden Confuses Iraq and Afghanistan
Biden appeared to mix up Iraq and Afghanistan in September’s Democratic debate when talking about his opposition to President Barack Obama’s decision to send an additional 40,000 troops to Afghanistan in 2009.
“The whole purpose of going to Afghanistan was to not have a counterinsurgency, meaning that we’re going to put that country together,” Biden said. “It will not be put together. It’s three different countries. Pakistan owns the three counties — the three provinces in the east. They’re not any part of — the Haqqanis run it.”
Biden’s answer was confusing not only because he used the terms “country,” “county,” and “provinces” interchangeably, but because he was confusing the situation in Afghanistan with Iraq.
Steve Saideman, an expert on Afghanistan at Carleton University, told Vox he found Biden’s answer baffling.
“When talking about Afghanistan and reaching an agreement, I have never heard anyone refer to three regions,” Saideman said. “While federalism will probably play a role, the numbers there are around 30 or so for all of the provinces, not three.”
“Biden might have confused Afghanistan with Iraq,” Saideman added.
In the 2000s, Biden proposed splitting up Iraq into three regions divided among the Sunnis, Shias, and the Kurdish.
Biden Says It’s ‘Absolutely Mindless’ Magazines with Multiple Rounds Have Not Been Banned
Speaking to reporters at a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Biden criticized Trump following another mass shooting in Texas that occurred over Labor Day weekend 2019, killing seven people. Biden called it “absolutely mindless” that firearm magazines with more than one round have not been banned.
“The idea that we don’t have elimination of assault type weapons, magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them, it’s absolutely mindless,” Biden said, going on to argue that such a ban would not violate the Second Amendment.
Biden says it's "absolutely mindless" we haven't banned "magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them," bc it would not violate the 2A.
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) September 2, 2019
Biden Makes Up War Story
On Aug. 29, the Washington Post exposed Biden for fabricating a war story told repeatedly over the course of his tenure as vice president and on the 2020 campaign trail. On the stump, Biden often recounts a trip he made to Afghanistan while serving as vice president, frequently shifting the details of the trip, which the Post reported were demonstrably false. According to the Post, Biden visited the Middle Eastern country in 2008 when he was a senator, not vice president, and got nearly every other major detail of the trip wrong several times.
Biden doubled-down on the story however, rejecting the claims by the Washington Post and standing by his statements regarding the fabricated trip.
‘I’m Not Going Nuts’
Biden forgot which building he was speaking in during a stop at Dartmouth College on Aug. 24, in New Hampshire.
“I want to be clear, I’m not going nuts,” Biden told the crowd Friday after stuttering. “I’m not sure whether it was the medical school or where the hell I spoke. But it was on the campus.”
Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden yesterday on not being sure where he previously spoke: “I wanna be clear, I’m not going nuts.” pic.twitter.com/RTkVYQQcvL
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 26, 2019
Biden Confuses New Hampshire for Vermont
While speaking to reporters in Keene, New Hampshire on Aug. 24, Biden praised the beauty of Vermont when asked about his impression of the New Hampshire town.
“I love this place. Look, what’s not to like about Vermont in terms of the beauty of it? And what a neat town,” Biden said. This is like a scenic, beautiful town. They mayor’s been a good guy. Everybody has been really friendly. I like Keene a lot.”
Biden talks w/press in Keene, NH: "I love this place. Look, what’s not to like about Vermont in terms of the beauty of it? And what a neat town…everybody has been really friendly. I like Keene a lot." pic.twitter.com/0hKsgiDfwM
— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) August 24, 2019
Biden Says He Was Vice President During Parkland Massacre
On Aug. 10, Biden claimed he was still vice president during the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which happened on Feb. 14, 2018. Biden, however, had been out of office for more than a year at that point.
“Those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president,” Biden told reporters in Iowa, according to Bloomberg News.
A campaign official told Bloomberg that Biden meant to refer to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, which occurred in December 2012 and killed 26 people, 20 of whom were children between the ages of 6 and 7.
‘There Are at Least Three’ Genders
A Turning Point USA field staffer confronted Biden in Iowa on Aug. 9, asking him, “How many genders are there?”
“There are at least three,” Biden said, trying to appease the liberal wing of the Democratic Party that has been pushing society to abandon two-gender biology.
The staffer pressed Biden on the question. “What are they?” she inquired.
“Don’t play games with me, kid,” Biden said before grabbing the young staffer’s arm to explain his previous support for gay marriage. “By the way, the first one to come out for marriage was me.”
‘Poor Kids Are Just as Bright as White Kids’
The former vice president said he misspoke when he told the Asian and Latino Coalition in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 8 that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
“We should challenge students in these schools to have advanced placement programs in these schools,” Biden said. “We have this notion that if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
As the audience reluctantly began to applaud during the silence, Biden tried to fix his remarks. “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids — no, I really mean it,” Biden said.
‘We Believe in Truth over Facts.’
Biden adopted freshman New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s philosophy on disregarding facts in the name of feelings on Aug. 8 at the opening day of the Iowa State Fair.
“We choose unity over division. We choose science over fiction. We choose truth over facts,” Biden told the receptive crowd at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox.
Joe Biden: “we choose truth over facts”
The crowd cheerspic.twitter.com/QLqXa8Qmm2
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 8, 2019
Biden’s new ideas regarding facts are in line with the beliefs of Ocasio-Cortez, who has been on record saying facts don’t matter as long as people are morally right.
“There’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right,” the New York congresswoman said on CBS’ “60 Minutes” with Anderson Cooper in January.
Biden Misses Locations of Back-to-Back Shootings, Refers to Michigan and Houston
At a California fundraiser on Aug. 4, Biden offered sympathy for victims of back-to-back shootings that occurred earlier in the month. He referred to the shootings that occurred in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, as “tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before.”
He delivered the remarks at a San Diego fundraiser to a gathering of 75 attendees. San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Lyndsay Winkley, who was a pool reporter for the event, confirmed the mishap.
During CNN’s prime time presidential debate on July 31, Biden directed voters to “go to Joe 30330,” in what sounded like an attempt to plug his own campaign website during his closing statement, leaving viewers confused.
“This is the United States of America. When we’ve acted together, we have never, never, never been unable to overcome whatever the problem was,” Biden said. “If you agree with me, go to Joe 30330 and help me in this fight.”
When asked the next day what he would have done differently in the debate, Biden addressed the gaffe.
“Instead of saying ‘Joe’ I would have said ‘text,’” Biden told reporters in Detroit. “I was so focused on making the case for Joe, I said ‘Joe,’ and I gave the number. It was text so, you know, I would have changed that.”
Biden Touts Relationships with Segregationist Senators as Examples of Civility
In June, Biden touted his friendly relationships with segregationist senators during his time in the senate as examples of his “civility” and ability to work with others.
“At least there was some civility,” Biden told donors at a fundraiser. “We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished.”
Biden specifically referenced Sens. James Eastland, D-Miss., and Herman Talmadge, D-Ga., to supporters.
The remarks drew immediate backlash from several Democratic rivals who seized on the comments to attack Biden, putting the former senator from Delaware on defense to protect his record on civil rights.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., used the comments to go after Biden on race during the Miami debate in what became one of the hallmark moments of the night.
“Vice President Biden, I do not believe you are a racist,” Harris said, standing right next to him. “I also believe — and it’s personal, and it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country. It was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing.”
Harris’ support doubled in post-debate polls while Biden’s sank. Biden, however, comfortably maintained his front-runner status in the race.
Biden Tells Paraplegic State Senator To Stand Up
At a fall 2008 campaign rally in Missouri, Biden told state Sen. Chuck Graham to stand up for the entire audience. Graham, however, is paralyzed from a car accident and sits in a wheelchair.
“I’m told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up, Chuck, let ’em see you,” Biden said before realizing Graham was confined to a chair. “Oh, God love you. What am I talking about? I’ll tell you what, you’re making everybody else stand up, though, pal.”
Biden then urged the audience to “stand up for Chuck.”
Biden Calls Obama First Mainstream African American Who Is ‘Articulate’ and ‘Clean’
On the same day Biden filed official paperwork for his 2008 presidential campaign, he raised eyebrows when he called then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the first mainstream African American that is “articulate” and “clean.”
“You got the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden told The New York Observer. “I mean, that’s a storybook.”
Biden immediately apologized for his remarks. “I deeply regret any offense my remark in the New York Observer might have caused anyone. That was not my intent and I expressed that to Sen. Obama,” Biden said in a statement, later telling reporters that his comments were being taken out of context.
‘You Can’t Go to a 7-11 or Dunkin’ Donuts Unless You Have an Indian Accent’
In the summer of 2006, then-Sen. Biden of Delaware remarked about the growing Indian population in the state on C-SPAN’s “Road to the White House,” when speaking with an Indian supporter.
“In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent,” Biden said. “I’m not joking.”
A Biden spokesperson told the Associated Press that “the point Senator Biden was making is that there has been a vibrant Indian-American community in Delaware for decades.”
Hey Joe Biden, what's a "voter registration physician?" pic.twitter.com/CE7iv4HqOi
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) July 20, 2020