Gaffe alert: Biden says he’s ‘going to beat Joe Biden’

Gaffe alert: Biden says he’s ‘going to beat Joe Biden’

That Joe Biden continues to flash signs of mental confusion is undeniable. So far this campaign season, he has announced that he is “a Democratic candidate for the United Senate” and failed to remember the name of the president he served under as vice president for two terms, referring to him instead as “my boss.”

It should therefore surprise no one that Biden declared in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” last Friday that he was “going to beat Joe Biden.”

The comment came up in the context of whether Biden, who has been a lifelong centrist, could assume the mantle of a hard-left liberal, as the Democratic Party appears to be demanding. As Karl Rove pointed out in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Biden last week “made a huge concession to … Bernie Sanders, and the Vermont socialist’s wing of the Democratic Party,” announcing six “unity task forces,” members of whom would be chosen jointly by the two men.

In that light, co-host Joe Kernan challenged the former vice president, asking:

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Are you prepared now to say you’re going to govern as a progressive, and enact programs in the mold of Sanders and Warren, and if so what does that say to either moderate Democrats or Independents, or even some Republicans dissatisfied with President Trump?

Biden’s response? “I’m prepared to say that I have a record of over 40 years, and that I’m going to beat Joe Biden. Look at my record.” Watch:

Biden should be careful about urging voters to look at his record. In an apology Friday for his infamous “you ain’t black” remark to a black radio host, he claimed that the NACCP has endorsed him “every time I’ve run” only to have the organization clarify in a statement that it never endorses any political candidate.

As for Biden’s mental gaffe, liberal hack Tommy Christopher tries to explain it away by insisting that he said, “I’m going to be Joe Biden,” not “I’m going to beat Joe Biden,” and that that was clear from context. I suppose that Christopher will tell us next that Biden actually said, “Boo-urns.”

If you’re really interested in judging what Biden said from context, watch the entire 23-minute interview. Pay attention not only to Biden’s many slurs of speech and mid-sentence corrections but to the content of his remarks. They amount to gibberish of another kind.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.